Now that we’re on the other side of our 18 months of travel adventures, here are more of my thoughts and top tips.
2-3 days before travel:
I like to:
1) evaluate my food in the fridge and try to get creative with my meals so when it’s time to empty out the fridge I’m wasting as little as possible.
Throwing away food is probably the hardest part about a nomadic/traveling lifestyle. I learned that eggs (scrambled), and bacon freeze- tear a section of freezer paper and lay out the slices so they don’t touch, roll/flip the freezer paper so each pieces is by itself and tuck into a gallon zip top bag. So if I knew a trip was impending I’d buy bacon for our breakfasts instead of sausage.
Another side note: effective meal planning really helps ensure my fridge had ‘just enough’ when I was ready to depart. The rhythm of having an almost empty fridge at the end of every week was super wonderful. (Cook Smarts for the win, again!
2) evaluate my laundry situation and make sure anything that needs extra drying time is washed and ready
There’s nothing like finding out while I’m packing that an item I really need is in the dirty bin.
3) check on my toiletries and refill items that are low.
Also these face cloths are magical. They start out dry which means I’m packing less fluids! And they are way too big so I cut them in quarters! Cost savings and less waste!
4)identify my snack needs on the airplane, in airports and the first day or two in a new location. We’ve had a wide range of arrival times which means it may be longer before I can get to a grocery store in our destination city. Buying or prepping snacks is always a preferred way for me to travel. (And it’s less expensive than airline/airport foods.)
I found I really enjoyed traveling with tea bags. I know many places have tea, but comfort wins over convince on this issue. Also, on a similar note, I like to travel with oatmeal. The packets are nice, but I prefer the bowl packages because I can usually track down a spoon and hot water easily. I’m pretty sure I tried every brand of oatmeal that was dairy free and they’re all good.
What do you like to do 2-3 days out from travels?