The Single Most Important Thing to Do Before Travelling

I'm aware that this is a bit of a no-brainer, but I'm a firm believer that the single most important thing you can do before a trip is make a packing list. But not just any packing list. Perhaps it's the former executive assistant in me, but I'd consider myself a very detail-oriented trip planner, which manifests itself in my all-important packing list. Sure, you can always buy something you forgot when you arrive at your destination, but I'd prefer to not deal with the hassle of locating something I need in a strange city. I'll also do anything I can to cut down on the time that it takes to actually pack. 

Therefore, I developed a packing list strategy many years ago that I use for every single trip I take—even if it's just one night long. To fill you in so that you too can make the dreaded process of packing a little easier, I've laid out my method below, which includes a sample packing list template that I follow every time. Feel free to print it out or copy it down the next time you have an impending trip!

Keep scrolling to find out how to construct a perfect packing list, and don't forget to shop our travel essentials at the end.

Do you have any packing list strategies of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!

Opening Image: Phill Taylor