The nightmare that is packing

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

LONDON is calling for me once again. I am in the middle of preparing the final touches to my packing as I am to be air-bound in less than 24 hours. I think it is agreed universally that packing is one of the downsides to going away. There is just so much planning and things to do that whether you prepare from a week before or leave it for a few hours before leaving the house, it's still frustrating. So whilst I was filling up my suitcase, I compiled some points that could be a little bit helpful.


1. MAKE A LIST

I find lists as being super helfpul in practically every situation. Making lists is one of my favourite things to do. Yes, could be weird but it makes things so much better when you see everything on paper in an orderly fashion.
Making a list makes is easier to not forget anything behind. If you are an extremely organised person, you could even go a step further and catagorize your lists. Many mobile devices offer apps to create a list on, however, I find the old pen and paper as the best way.


2. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE

Okay so this is something I noted down just because I suffer from procrastination. I planned to start packing a week ago but I didn't do anything until a few days later. It's good to start before so as to see that you have got everything you need to take with you. Furthermore, there is less chance that you will actually forget something. 
You could find a way to dedicate a part of your room to packing and whenever you think of something you could just put it there and slowly you will find yourself practically done. 

3. DEEP BREATH IN, DEEP BREATH OUT

This is good to practice just before you start the actual packing, or whenever you feel like screaming.
Drink some green tea too, it's nice.


4. TRAVEL LIGHT

Especially if you are planning to do some shopping. If not, do not overload your outfits. If you are like me and you cannot plan a week's worth of outfits, then try to take whatever amount of clothes you need in forms of outfit combinations. Extra stuff is not worth the weight.


5. LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC

Spotify has some playlists dedicated to entertain you whilst you pack. This worked wonders for me as part of my focus was elsewhere, so it made packing less demanding.

6. ASK A FRIEND FOR HELP

This is exactly what I did. I was stressing out over the fact that I had 7 days worth of outfits to pack; 2 outfits a day to be exact. So I just dragged by bestfriend into this and made her stay awake and help me choose the clothes I needed. Turns outs having a second opinion moves things much faster.

7. DON'T STRESS

This kind of intertwines with the third point. Packing CAN be stressful, espcially when it comes to preparing small things such as creams, shower gels, toothbrushes, etc.. Just remember that stressing out and panicking will not help the situation, in fact you will probably forget something. So these 6 steps can help you keep stress levels at bay.


I hope these helped make packing a bit more of a breezer. Just remember at least it's more fun than unpacking and putting things away. Until you get to that point however, follow this little guide and enjoy your trip! Good luck!

Maria x

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