When you have an incurable case of wanderlust, you keep your luggage in an easy-to-reach place and you relish the opportunity to fill it with what you need for your next trip.
I have a technique for getting ready for a big trip. Beyond the reservations and route planning, I check the weather at my destination so I know whether I’ll need boots or flip flops. Do I need to take my passport? Will I need a plug adapter?
For a two week trip to Italy, I didn’t want to overpack, so I carefully planned my wardrobe to be mostly blues and whites with brown shoes and sandals. Sticking with a small color palette means I can mix and match and save space for souvenirs.
I spent several weeks piling one thing after another on our guest bed so I wouldn’t forget anything. I added a couple of maps since we planned to drive. I threw in a couple of small guide books in case I needed excursion inspiration.
Every time I wandered past the guest room door I peeked in and felt a little rush of excitement. I dug out my leftover Euros so I’d have a little cash on hand and while I was there, I grabbed my British Pounds since we have a five-hour layover in London on our way home.
I am so grateful to be able to travel again and filled with joy with anticipation.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. What are you waiting for? Start packing!
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