Stress-Free Travel

Don’t you wish traveling could be more relaxing? But, sometimes it seems to take so much work just to get out of the house, that you may feel exhausted before the trip even starts. Making a list or two can help you with your travel plans.

To Do

This list should include two steps that need to be completed before you leave for your trip. These may include:

  • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery, or ask a neighbor to collect it.
  • Arrange for someone to keep an eye on your home. Make sure they have a key.
  • Let family or friends know your travel plans, and give them a list of contact numbers, just in case.
  • Arrange for the care of your pets.
  • Refill needed prescriptions.
  • Pay any bills that are due while you are out of town.
  • Turn off the water to your home.
  • Set your light timers.
  • Unplug your TVs, computers and small appliances.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, and make sure you empty the kitchen trash can.

To Take

This list should contain all the things that need to go with you. These may include:
  • Your suitcase should contain outfits planned for each day. Pack these in zip lock bags in order to keep everything for the day together.
  • Put medications, eye glasses, cameras, jewelry and a change of clothing in a separate bag that you will keep with you, in case your suitcase gets lost.
  • Pack your passport, if necessary.
  • Keep with you your contact information for your travel agent, the airlines and rental car company. Also, take along your travel intineray, including reservation confirmations.

Spend some time before you leave to make these lists, and you will be on your way to stress-free travel!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on April 1, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    These are great tips – I never thought of unplugging the TV and other items, but it makes sense.

  2. Janet Schiesl on April 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Thank Janet.

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