How To Prepare For Your Trip When You Have No Time

Written by Joyce Jackson

Sometimes I run short on time before I head out on a trip. The demands of work, friends and family can eat up necessary planning time. As a travel veteran I know if I don’t plan and preparerepparttar chances of having a great trip are really reduced. If it’s a vacation I start to worry about ruining it with a bad start. I I’ll forget to pack something I need. This means I’ll have to buy itrepparttar 149913 road or go without. Leaving home unprepared adds stress and wastes my time and money. We’ve all been there and it’s not fun.

I discovered a number of years a go a little trick on how to prepare for any trip with very little time. I still use it off and on today. I called it “Snippets” travel prep. Basically, you prepare a little each day over about a week. You lay your stuff out in “Snippets” of time –a few seconds here and there each day – and byrepparttar 149914 time you leave you’re ready!

It goes like this:

• Pick a place inrepparttar 149915 house to use. It can be a closet shelf or floor, bedroom corner, under a table or dining room table. Just pick a convenient spot about 5' x 5'. Call it your “Spot.”

• Each day as you’re running aroundrepparttar 149916 house pick up something for packing and place it in your spot. It could be 5 pair of underwear you just pulled fromrepparttar 149917 dryer. Instead of putting them away in a drawer place it in your spot. This is a “Snippet.” of time you just spent preparing for your trip.

• The next day you could drop 3 t-shirts onrepparttar 149918 pile inrepparttar 149919 spot. Later that night as you change clothes from work take you sandals and put them onrepparttar 149920 spot. There’s two more snippets of time you just spent preparing to travel.

Overrepparttar 149921 course of a week you can get most of what you need onto your spot pile. It feels better mentally since you do not have to schedule large blocks of time to prepare.

If you scanrepparttar 149922 pile several times a day as you walk by it your mind will subconsciously note what you need to add. This means it will also take inventory of what is missing. It’s amazing what you will remember to add torepparttar 149923 spot. And, you can do it when you walk by next time.

Take inventory of your pile a day before you pack it. Add missing items and place it all into your bag.

The result?

In seconds or “Snippets” each day you will prepare adequately for your trip. For extended or long periods of travel or trips to areas of weather extremes you may need to “Snippet” over a two week period. But, this will still work if you get jammed for time.

The “Snippet” prep method even works if you arerepparttar 149924 “Preparation Police” for a family summer vacation. Everything isrepparttar 149925 same, just more of it with a few minor adjustments.

Do this:

• Pick a place inrepparttar 149926 house no one goes in but you. It can be a closet, closet shelf, office floor under your desk, bedroom corner, a table or behind a chair. It just needs to be anywhere no one walks.

Mountain biking in Bali's Mount Batur

Written by Monique Cordeiro

There is no better way than to enjoyrepparttar sights and sounds of Bali than on a mountain bike. You not only get to cover areas where motor vehicles will not go, but get a good workout as well.

Instead of viewing Mt Batur from whererepparttar 149912 masses gather at Penelokan, a day trip bike ride would be ideal forrepparttar 149913 more sporty and adventurous traveler. You get a good close up ofrepparttar 149914 Crater Lake within Mt Batur which makesrepparttar 149915 ride there highly rewarding. So leave your 4 wheel drive behind, mount your 2 wheeler and head down to Mt Batur. Ask for directions torepparttar 149916 old road downrepparttar 149917 volcano fromrepparttar 149918 friendly locals. The old road can be a little tricky getting down, but well worthrepparttar 149919 challenge. Once there, take your time to meander throughrepparttar 149920 lava fields aroundrepparttar 149921 volcano. It's a little warm and barren atrepparttar 149922 start ofrepparttar 149923 trip down, but as you get closer torepparttar 149924 water, shady tree lined roads and ancient villages will cool you down.

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