How To Prepare For Your Trip When You Have No Time

Written by Joyce Jackson

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• Expand your area of grabbing. You may have to do a two or three stop load for your pile by going from bedroom to bedroom. It could be 5 pair of underwear for son #1 out of a drawer. It could be 5 pair of socks for daughter #2 from a dryer. It could be 3 t-shirts for yourself or a pair of sandals forrepparttar procrastinating spouse. It does not matter what it is but grab something every time you run by a bedroom for any reason.

• Divide into several piles. Basically, each person traveling has a piles within your spot. Divide your spot up into several piles based upon how many people are traveling: 3 people, 3 piles; 4 people, 4 piles, etc. When you grab something for someone place it in their pile and go on your way. Next time around, dorepparttar 149913 same thing for someone else. Over a few days each person will have a nice accumulated pile of items forrepparttar 149914 trip.

• Take inventory. When you have a few minutes every 3-5 days take a mental inventory ofrepparttar 149915 piles. Then just add missing items on successive days.

The result?

In seconds a day over about a week you can have everyone nicely prepared forrepparttar 149916 trip. From here there are two ways you can handlerepparttar 149917 actual packing since you arerepparttar 149918 “Preparation Police.”

Method 1 This isrepparttar 149919 “I got it ready you wear it” Method. Everyone, no matter how unhappy they are with what with what they have in their bag, has to use it. Whatever it is they wear it because you had to pack for them. Yes, you can imaginerepparttar 149920 results. The benefit of this is that you rarely will have to prepare for anyone again unless they are very young children!

Method 2 Let everyone "edit" their pile. Twenty four hours before departure each family member outside of young children gets a chance to edit their pile. Then, they pack their own bag. They either do it or they don’t. If they don’t, this Method quickly becomes Method 1. Either way, you are offrepparttar 149921 hook.

Finally, depending on how much you want to berepparttar 149922 “Preparation Police” you can pack a few "essentials" in your own bag for those items everyone seems to leave behind: sunscreen, toothpaste, swimsuit, underwear, sunglasses.

Inrepparttar 149923 end your family will spend less time trying to find forgotten items at your destination. And if you have traveled before, you know that this can add up to a lot of saved time and money onrepparttar 149924 road.

There is nothing better than good travel planning and preparation to guarantee a great trip everytime. But, for those few trips that catch you short of time, use “Snippets” Its a great a stopgap measure.

Joyce Jackson is a 30 year travel veteran offering travel packing tips on her website for new or inexperienced travelers.

Mountain biking in Bali's Mount Batur

Written by Monique Cordeiro

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The ride aroundrepparttar volcano is fairly tiring and not forrepparttar 149912 faint hearted, but once you get torepparttar 149913 lake, you'll be able to enjoy a picturesque ride alongrepparttar 149914 shores of Lake Batur . Be sure to pack a sandwich lunch, but if you've got an iron gut, be adventurous and get a taste ofrepparttar 149915 local favourites found atrepparttar 149916 little coffee shops that dotrepparttar 149917 shores of Lake Batur .

Alright, maybe a ride allrepparttar 149918 way from Penelokan to Batur might be a little much, so you might want to drive downrepparttar 149919 main road torepparttar 149920 lake and dorepparttar 149921 ride alongrepparttar 149922 shores and explore other trails. Or, you might want to hop in a boat from Lake Batur Jetty and crossrepparttar 149923 lake torepparttar 149924 ancient village of Trunyan . It'll be a good day trip, so leave enough time. Head back inrepparttar 149925 afternoon to your hotel for a good rest and a well earned massage!

Monique Cordeiro is a freelance webmaster and internet marketer for Villa Semana Hotel in Bali. Copyright 2005 - - All rights reserved.

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