We travel for different purposes. Many times we have to undertake some suddenly decided urgent travels. But otherwise most of our travel will be pre-planned especially when we travel for leisure or vacation etc. I this I am considering such a travel which involves long distance and a few days.
We would like our leisure travel or vacation travel to be a pleasure and relaxing experience. However many times many of us have to start our travel with lot of tension sweating and fretting. While there could be a few contributory reasons beyond our control there are many where proper pre-planning and systematic compliance can make things very smooth and pleasant experience. I suggest them from my own experience and what I do.
Make a Travel Note book or travel diary:
The moment you plan a travel take a small note book and keep it exclusively for that travel trip.(Alternatively you can have a 200 page note and use it for all your travels.). Give the note book a label or heading like " Mumbai Trip 20th January 2021 to 5th February 2021.
Then earmark at least two facing pages each under headings like " To do at Mumbai", " To take from here to Mumbai", "To buy from Mumbai", To do before starting date , "On starting date" etc.
Note down what are relevant for each heading. Over the coming days also go on noting whatever comes to your mind as and when you remember it. Then review it every day and complete and comply whatever can be and has to be done.
For example in the page for "On starting date" I start writing the schedule in the countdown reverse order. If the train starts at 12 noon, I start noting like below:
12.00 noon train starts
11.30 board train
11.00 - reach station
10.am -Board taxi (if there is a travel time of about 1hr)
9.50 – Leave home (if taxi is readily available in front of home)
9.40 - be ready for staring-ensure once again tkt. Money, chargers, mobile etc.
I also mention things like, close all taps, put off all switches, and switch off inverter and mains, etc
In 'To do before starting date' page I note Keep ticket ready, Keep Credit /Debit cards ready, Keep money, Withdraw money from bank, buy. etc. This also I schedule date wise and on the date previous to travel I would have mentioned pack and keep things ready for travel tomorrow.Like that you can improvise as per your need.
Whoever member in the family remembers something, that is to be noted down under relevant page and date. Everything from water, water bottle, foods for the travel etc all have to be noted down and ticked on compliance and arrangement.
If you are taking medicines regularly separate doses to be taken during travel have to be packed in small zip-lock packets and labelled as first day morning Ist day night, or 2ne day morning etc. and kept in the hand bag in an easy to take and use way. We even label the luggage box with name, train or fight number and date of travel etc and paste it at a discreet place so that we can identify our luggage when needed.
We are following this for the last two and half decades.
I also extend this to the itinerary also. For example date... visit Uncle and Aunt, or visit so and so place etc. For this we have to do homework by seeing the calendar and holidays and accordingly adjust and plan.
For the last two and half decades I am following what I had written above and it is really helpful to me. But what is given above is just illustrative and a simple guide. One can make it exhaustive and comprehensive as per need and from experience.
The following ISC articles titled "Travel Tips on luggage for long distance travel"
and "Travel tips while travelling with children in India"
can be useful too.
Wish you happy journey always.