The Procrastinator’s Guide to Traveling
“I’ll get up in the morning. My flight is at 10:00 AM. I will have plenty of time before I have to leave,” you say to yourself the night before. The next morning you wake up to find that it’s 7:30; you have to be at the airport between 8:00 and 8:30. You have to pack as quickly as you can for a four day trip, and you have absolutely no idea where to start. Sound familiar? Has this ever happened to you? This is a typical situation that happens to just about every procrastinator on this planet. I’m here to assure you that procrastinators can travel and pack as efficiently as someone who is well-prepared, without under- or over-packing.
Of course, I’m an expert in this field. I’ve had countless trips in which I woke up extremely early to be able to pack and make my flight altogether. I just have the mentality of “I’m tired and don’t want to think about what I’m going to wear or use over my four day trip, so I’m going to sleep on it and think about it because, of course, I want to look amazing on my vacation.” It usually ends up being a stressful situation, but if you at all have this mentality, then there are a few guidelines you should stick to.
Be prepared to wear an outfit twice. Think of clothing items that you use frequently; these are most likely neutral items such as a pair of jeans, a black tank top, a white button down etc. It’s easy since these items are most likely at the top of your drawer in your closet. This strategy is like killing two birds with one stone. To avoid over packing, don’t throw in a shirt that you think is adorable just because you might wear it to a club if you and your friends end up going to a club. This just takes up space, and besides, you may not be wearing it if for some reason you and your friends decide to order room service instead.
Think of essential items. This goes for toiletries as well as clothing items. What do you think of when you think of essentials? For toiletries, it would be toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer and contact solution (if you’re like me and are far from 20/20 vision.) For clothing, it would be underwear, bra and pajamas. DO NOT FORGET THESE ITEMS. I’m sure there are places to buy them, but it makes your trip much less enjoyable if you do forget them.
Grab what’s in front of you. When it comes to makeup, these items are less essential, but most women like to bring it on their trip, especially if they’re going somewhere nice. For these items, grab what’s in front of you. The items you use the most, whether it’s concealer, mascara, eyeliner or lipstick, are most likely right in front of you. Just grab those, because they’ll most likely get you through your vacation.
These are just some guidelines on how to pack quickly for trips. They really are good ways to avoid over-packing and sticking to what you really need. However, if you’re really frantic, just grab everything you can, stuff it into a suitcase, and head for the airport! Hope to God you make your plane!