It’s 10pm but the alarm is going off. I’m headed home from work and will spend the rest of the night preparing for my last minute travel to Japan. I have a sachet of crisp Japanese Yen in my bag – but other than that I haven’t prepared much. When I arrive home I will be greeted by my newly-purchased backpack, which is completely empty, laying on the bedroom floor.
As I head home I try to focus on a mental list of key items that I must bring. Things like extra socks, toothpaste – since I booked a place off Air B&B, and swimming trunks. Although I question how much swimming I will be doing in November. I’m used to forgetting things during last minute travel – but leaving behind necessities like razors or phone chargers will add unnecessary costs to your trip.
Last minute travel, whether it’s international – or just out of town, can be a stressful experience. Below, I’ll share a checklist I made to help other spur-of-the-moment travelers keep it together and have a worry-free trip.
- Create a checklist of things to bring
- Always pack the most important items first – make sure the necessities are not forgotten in the rush
- Avoid the temptation to shove in as many clothes as your suitcase/backpack can fit – I would rather wash a couple shirts at the hotel or laundromat than bring too many.
- Put travel documents and cash in your passport holder or carry-on baggage where they can be easily found (Passport/Cash/Credit Cards/Car Rental Info)
- Remember to pack your chargers and plug adapters before you head to the airport
- Take a screenshot of your hotel booking info and address before you leave (you don’t want to get caught without wifi!)
- Make arrangements for a friend/neighbor to take care of your pet while you’re gone – don’t put this one off for too long. Try to find a pet sitter as soon as possible!
- Write down a list of restaurants, landmarks, and attractions that you want to visit – write down the address and phone number just in case you need to ask someone for directions!