How to Prepare for a Long Vacation

Is there anything better than taking an extra long vacation? That’s pretty much how I’m feeling right now as I get ready to head to Europe for 2.5 weeks next weekend.

Because I’ll be gone for quite some time, I’ll be working over this next week to cross as many items off my to-do list as possible so I can truly zen out as soon as I land in Europe. From packing lists to house chores, there’s a lot to be done and I’m listing it all out below.

Itinerary: I take my itineraries reallyyyyy seriously (as I’m sure you could tell from my recent Mexico City travel diary). While I’ve already made a huge dent in our Europe plan, I’ll be spending these next few days browsing Instagram and various blogs to make the perfect travel itinerary. Packing: Packing can be a long and daunting process, I’m not going to lie! To help it seem a bit more manageable, I like to break it up into chunks. First, I’ll start by making a comprehensive packing list filled with all of the clothes, accessories, and toiletries I want to bring with me. From there, I’ll know just what I need to buy to get ready for the trip (looking at you, sun dresses). Finally, I’ll dedicate an entire afternoon to the actual packing process. For a complete packing tutorial, check out this post.

House Chores: Though house chores may be the last thing you want to think about while gearing up for a vacation, just think about how good it will feel coming back to a perfectly clean home and bed sheets. At least that’s what keeps me motivated 🙂 Amidst all of the cleaning I’ll be doing, I’ll also reach out to my neighbors to see if they can water our plants and check our mail once a week.

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