Traveling? Relax with a checklist

A couple of weeks ago, I had an awesome opportunity to go to NMX BlogWorld in Las Vegas to spread happiness at the WordPress booth. The night before, I decided to make a checklist of all the things I need.

The goal of making this list is to help you relax (in addition to making sure you have everything you need.)

Have you gotten on the road or powered your phone on during your flight, wondering if you did something at home?

For example, did you:

  • Remember to pay that bill?
  • Close all the windows and lock the door(s)?
  • Leave the stove lit?
  • Temporarily stop mail at the post office?
  • Pack your laptop and cell phone charger?
  • Print your boarding pass?

Wonder no more! Your list will save your sanity.

It doesn’t matter what method you use for this list. Write a list, and save it somewhere. (Yes, I created a new project in Things.)

While you’re packing, you’ll likely add things to your list. Even though it’ll take an extra ten seconds to write it down, make a note of it. This is super important.

Bonus tip: Note the location of the item in your bags to save time finding it later.

(You can also fill out this partial template of a travel checklist from Lifehacker.)

In a few hours, when you start questioning yourself about forgetting something, refer to that list. It’ll be your warm blanket, gin and tonic, or chill pill.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. Cat whisperer. Sometimes, a photographer and card magician.

One thought on “Traveling? Relax with a checklist”

  1. I don’t travel much, but I’ve often found myself half way to the shopping centre when it dawns on me that I may not have turned off the heater, sometimes it’s the stove. I try to go over my actions before I( left home and picture in my mind my taking that saucepan off the stove, or turning that heater knob. No use, I have to turn round and go back home. My sons accuse me of making them paranoid about such things. But they usually do it with a smile. 🙂


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