I know what you’re thinking.
Packing last minute is just asking for disaster before vacation.
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! Of course, there are definitely things you should prepare for ahead of time like your reservations and lodging accommodations, but packing does not have to be one of them. In fact, it can be the least stressful part of preparing for vacation.
Every summer, I travel with my crossover vehicle of choice, a Buick Enclave named Pegasus. He’s been with me for nine years and has taken me on more road trips than I can remember. With every passing year and spontaneous road trip, I’ve learned that the best way to prepare for any travel adventure is to pack last minute.
Despite sounding counterintuitive, this is why I always wait until the last minute to pack for a trip:
There’s less inclination to pack more than necessary
We’ve all been there: being guilty of packing way more than necessary, such as another weekend outfit to give you another “option” or an additional two pairs of shoes that prepare you for any event that may arise. However, when you pack last minute, you’re forced to think about what you actually need versus what most likely will become an extra weight in your luggage. Immediately, this helps you get into the minimalist packing mindset which emphasizes intentionally choosing items that can be maximized to their fullest potential. For example, you can bring a dress shirt that can suit both the day and night time. In the morning, you could wear it untucked with casual jeans and in the evening, make it formal by throwing on a fitted blazer. Plus, it’s important to remember that you can wash clothes at your lodging accommodation!
You have the advantage of knowing the destination’s weather ahead of time
One of the best advantages of packing last minute is being able to check the destination’s weather ahead of time so you can pack clothes accordingly that are appropriate for it. More often than not, we want to be prepared and bring every article of clothing that accommodates to any weather “just in case”. But let’s say if you’re traveling to a tropical destination and plan on spending majority of your time in the sun, there’s no need to bring a heavy raincoat if you are going eat most dinners indoors. If anything, you should bring a light jacket that shields you from the wind!
Leaving an important belonging behind will be a thing of the past
Before every trip, I make a list of all the belongings I will be bringing and then pack according to it a few hours or a day before I leave. Evidently, when you follow this method, you can run out the door knowing you have every article of clothing and necessary toiletries on hand. It’s easy to lose track of your things on vacation and accidentally leave something behind!
The next time you find yourself panicking over the last preparations that need to be made before a trip, remember that packing should be the last of your worries. As long as you stay organized and prioritize bringing only the necessities, you may find that packing last minute is more helpful than harmful considering the circumstances!
Guest Author Bio: Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed “Travelholic”. He enjoys traveling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.