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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Organizing Your Trip

Happy Thanksgiving!! It may be Thanksgiving but it is also Thursday, so it's time to get organized!
If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.  


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.
Week 32 about Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia HERE.
Week 33 about Organizing Your Child's Bedroom HERE.
Week 34 about Organizing Your Bedroom Closet HERE
Week 35 about Organizing Your Memorabilia HERE
Week 36 about Organizing Your Master Bedroom HERE
Week 37 about Organizing Your Jewelry, Accessories and Purses HERE.
Week 38 about Organizing your Home Office HERE 
Week 39 about Organizing the Linen Closet HERE.
Week 40 about Organizing the Basement HERE.
Week 41 about Organizing the Attic HERE.
Week 42 about Organizing the Garage HERE.
Week 43 about Organizing the Yard and Garden HERE.
Week 44 about Organizing Your Holiday HERE.
Week 45 about Organizing Your Party HERE
This week we are organizing our trip. Some of you are probably on a trip right now visiting family for Thanksgiving. This is the busiest travel time of the year. When my husband and I lived in California, we traveled back to the midwest for a few Thanksgivings and it was Crazy!!! We decided after we got married to stay put on Thanksgiving and travel during Christmas time. That was a little more manageable. We really prefer driving to flying now that we have small kids. Anyone else feel this way?
Our last flying excursion with kids was over the summer. We went to see my husband's brother and his family in Connecticut. It was a nice trip but the flying part was tough. It didn't help that I left my WALLET at home (an hour's drive to the airport!). I did learn that it is possible to get through security without an ID. Who knew?! But we ended up coming home that night anyway because our flight kept getting delayed and looked to be canceled. We joked that it would have probably taken the same amount of time to get out there if we had driven. :)
 This Week's Goals:

1. Decide when you will go and how you will get there. If flying, the best days to do that are usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Try to book at least three weeks in advance and go for the earlier flights. If they get delayed or canceled you have more options later.
2. Give yourself several weeks if you need a passport. It takes a lot of time to get these and if you need vaccines, you will need more time in case they are administered in a series.
3. Schedule a day to recover at home from your vacation. I used to do this whenever possible when I worked for the state of California. I usually needed that day to regroup, get back on the right time zone, do laundry, etc. It made the transition back to work so much easier.
4. Pack lighter then you think you need. I like to choose outfits that work with the same pair of pants or shorts, so I can easily mix and match. Do this with shoes too. You don't need 10 pairs of shoes for a week long vacation:)
5. Pack as much as possible the day before your trip. Have things at the door or in the car early.
6. Keep your name and contact information on all pieces of luggage both on the outside luggage tags but also inside in case the tags get ripped off. 
7. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor. This came in handy for me when I left my wallet at home. I was able to call my neighbor and she was going to FedEx my license to my brother in law's house if need be.
8. Keep an updated packing list for each member of your family on your computer. It will save you time making a new list each time you travel and will help you to not forget anything.
1. Traveling with young kids? Be sure to have a goodie bag of toys and snacks ready to go. I like to get a few new things from places like the dollar bin at Target. 
2. Write down your credit card info and keep it in a safe place with you when you travel in case your wallet gets lost or stolen. You can call the credit card companies right away to stop the cards.
3. A week before you take your trip, make a big batch of chili or soup and freeze half. You will be thankful to have something home-cooked and healthy when you return from your trip. 
How do you organize for your trip?
Thanks for reading! Remember to visit me on Facebook soon and check out the great Small business Saturday specials I will be sharing soon for Nov. 24th!
Have a great Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today?
 Gobble Gobble!!

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