Things I Do Before Traveling

We are going to be heading out for a week long trip and that had me thinking about all the things I do to prep. I like to do things to help me get ready for the trip (obvi!) and have me thanking myself when arriving home so let’s jump in!

If we’re planning on flying I make sure that we have all our travel size necessities (toothpaste, lotion, etc). If we use something up by the end of the trip I will add it to my shopping list to pick up so I’m not running around before our next trip.

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We usually do a weekly grocery trip since most things we buy are fresh fruits and veggies and they are perishable. For the week leading up to any trip I try to use up what we have in the fridge and avoid buying or opening anything I can’t use up. I don’t think anyone likes coming home to rotting produce ๐Ÿ˜–

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As close as I can to our departure date I will do a nice deep clean of the house. Coming home after vacations can be sad and I don’t like to make it worse by coming home to a dirty house!

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This goes along with the cleaning but I wash all our last minute laundry, blankets, sheets and such. I like fresh sheets and we will probably be coming home with a load of laundry ย anyways so this minimizes the loads we have to do.

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I check the weather and overpack. I’ve come to realize over the years and after a few trips that 72 degrees in California is not the same as 72 in Hawaii. I tend to pack layers since I get cold very easily and I like choices so I do overpack…I know I need to work on this, but it’s so hard. Lucky for me I have a wonderful husband who has no problem packing whatever I decide to bring ๐Ÿ˜€

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That last one wasn’t helpful so much as it was me being super honest! It helps me in the sense that it gives me peace of mind, but I can’t help but feel jealous of those that can pack 1 pair of pants and 3 tops for a 3 weeks. Meanwhile I’m over here packing my whole house for a week long trip…send help!

Thanks for stopping by friends and I hope you enjoyed the post! Leave me a comment letting me know what kind of packer/traveler you are. Do you clean the house? Are you a professional light packer?

 

A few things I do to make cooking easier

I wrote a post a little while ago about what I do to make my life a little simpler and I thought it would be fun to share one that is specific to cooking. Leave it to me to bring food into anything and errything ๐Ÿ˜€ sorrynotsorry.

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The days I am off and hubby works I try to cook an actual meal. I try to plan these meals out at the beginning of the week so I know what and when I need to get things. For example, I may grab cauliflower to go with our salmon on Friday, but I wouldn’t get the salmon till later in the week.

Hubs and I try to knock out our big grocery shopping in one day usually at the beginning of the week. Mind you, there’s only two of us so this isn’t too difficult. We grab our fruits, veggies, and proteins that have a good shelf life to keep us stocked for the week. We’ve actually become really good at this. At the beginning of the week our fridge is full and packed and by the end it’s pretty empty.

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It’s a carrot hotdog!!

I prep as many ingredients as I can earlier in the week. I think I talked about this a long time ago…I don’t cook things up and put them in ready to go containers. I will cut up my veggies I need for the week (that won’t go soggy or bad) or marinade my chicken that I will be using in the next couple of days to make things simpler.

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I try to utilize my cooking appliances. Again, keep in mind I am cooking for two people and have never really had to cook for a crowd so this might be easier for me than some of you. If I am planning on using the oven to roast veggies I will try to make my protein on the stove or vice versa. If I am making a one pan chicken and veggies then I don’t think about this, but if I’m not this is a way I can make sure things get done together and nothing is sitting around getting cold.

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When I am cooking I clean up as I go. This prevent cross contamination (YAAY!). It also means by the time dinner is cooked I am done with a majority of the clean up and I can sit down and enjoy it (double YAAY)!

 

A few things I do to make life easier

In my 28 years of being alive I have learned a few things to keep my life running as smoothly as possible. By the end of this you may think I’m crazy, but I promise my house is not intensely organized as this may make it sound, but it keeps it organized enough that we know where everything is and it looks nice and neat ๐Ÿ˜‰

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1. I clean throughout the week. I can’t concentrate if things are a mess and so I try to keep up with the tidying as much as possible. For example I will do a quick sweep and vacuum, tidy up our vanity, wipe down the kitchen counter…small things that make a difference. Also this way you’re not stuck with a major cleaning job at the end of the week…that would drive me crazy!

2. I never throw clothes on the floor. Seriously, I have never done this unless I am creating piles to give away, throw away, sell, and keep. Even as a kid I’ve thrown dirty clothes in the hamper and clean clothes wherever they go. I think side note to this is that I do try to put things back where they belong at least by the end of the day.

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3. I get things together the night before. This could be for anything an interview, work, travel. For example let’s use work. I will prep my snack and lunch, fill up my water bottle, and get my scrubs out so I have to do as little thinking in the morning as possible.

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These are just a few of the things I do to keep myself sane, but they go a very long way!

A long time ago I remember B saying something about doing things now that you will thank yourself for later. I am a VERY strong advocate of this! It might be unpleasant or annoying in the moment, but I know I always thank my past self for having the insight to know myself enough to take care of things.

What do you guys do that you thank yourselves for later? Leave it in the comments!