People tell me constantly that I´m very organised. I seem to get this comment a lot when I´m at work or when I´m travelling.

I´m just back from a trip to Valencia so while I was unpacking my suitcase I thought of this post. 7 tips for stress free travel.  I usually travel within Spain or Europe.

When I travel I like to keep the last-minute stress to a minimum and prepare ahead for a trip.

Probably some of this careful planning even saves money. I don´t need to buy expensive essential items in the airport for example.

  1. I always have an overnight/beauty bag ready. It has everything in it that I may need. All miniatures. So I don´t need to check if I have my toothbrush, hairspray, etc. When travelling if something finished I refill it or replace if as soon as I get home ready for the next trip. When I am packing my suitcase I just grab this off the shelf and I know that it´s all set.
  2. Packing list.  This is a word document in my computer. It has a list of what I need in my suitcase. When I am planning a trip I print this out. Then I check everything off as I pack. As I go down the list sometimes I note down things I need to remember on the page too. This way I can pack over several days and just pick up where I left off. Or even pack at the last-minute. No thinking required, it´s all on the list. Here´s an example of a Packing List I found at Flylady´s website.
  3. Plan food. Imagine how the day/morning of travel is going to work out. Do you need to eat at some point? Maybe better to have an earlier lunch at home?  Will you need snacks or drinks for the trip. This can save money and even time. I try to eat healthy food mainly and sometimes find it difficult to find fruit in cafés when you are travelling.
  4. Make sure that you print your Travel documents. Boarding pass, train ticket etc. Do you need a map of how to get from the station to the hotel? Think ahead of any useful information that you may need. I often save the local taxi company telephone number into my phone ahead of time (just in case) Another tip is to have a scanned colour copy of your passport or driving licence sent to your own email address. This is great in case it ever get´s lost or stolen.
  5. Weigh your luggage. This way you wont get charged extra or ruffled trying to convince the Ryanair folk not to charge you more. You may notice you have bags of room to take an extra coat with you. I have a small digital scales as I really like to use my full 20 kgs allowance when I travel. Shopping!
  6. Make sure you fully charge up your mobile phone, iPad, laptop or whatever device you are taking with you. Electric toothbrush? Will you need to take a travel adapter?
  7. I always calculate backwards and plan ahead of time. Here´s an example. What time do you need to leave the house? This is the same whether you travel by air, train or car.
      • Flights leave       2.05pm
      • Boarding             1.35pm
      • Arrive at airport 12.00     (I have 95 minutes for check in, security etc before boarding time)
      • Leave home     11.00am    (It´s a 50 minute trip from home to the airport)

I hope you find some of these tips useful.

What do you do to reduce stress when planning to travel?