How to Prepare for Your Trip When You Have No Time

Sometimes I run short on time before I head out on a trip. The demands of work, friends, and family can eat up the necessary planning time.

As a travel veteran, I know if I don’t plan and prepare, the chances of having a great trip are reduced. If it’s a vacation, I start to worry about ruining it with a bad start. I’ll forget to pack something I need. It means I’ll have to buy it the road or go without it. Leaving home, unprepared adds stress and wastes my time and money. If you want cheap Airlines, Tickets then visit Delta Airlines Reservations sites to save you time and money.

I discovered a little trick several years ago on how to prepare for any trip with very little time. I called it “Snippets” travel prep. You make 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 by the time you leave, you’re ready!

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  • It goes like this:
  • Pick a place in the 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 around the house, pick up something for packing and place it in your spot. It could be five pairs of underwear you just pulled from the dryer. Instead of putting them away in a drawer, please place it in your spot. It is a “Snippet.” of the time you just spent preparing for your trip.
  • The next day, you could drop three t-shirts on the pile in the spot. Later that night, as you change clothes from work, take your sandals and put them on the spot. There are two more snippets of time you just spent preparing to travel.
  • Over 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 scan the pile several times a day as you walk by it, your mind will subconsciously note what you need to add. It means it will also take inventory of what is missing. It’s incredible what you will remember to add to the 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 them 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 tours to areas of weather extremes, you may need to “Snippet” over two weeks. But, this will still work if you get jammed for time.
  • The “Snippet” prep method even works if you are the “Preparation Police” for a family summer vacation. Everything is the same, just more of it, with a few minor adjustments.


  • Do this:
  1. Pick a place in the 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.
  2. 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 five pairs of underwear for son #1 out of a drawer. It could be five pairs of socks for daughter #2 from a dryer. It could be three t-shirts for yourself or a pair of sandals for the procrastinating spouse. It does not matter what it is but grabs something every time you run by a bedroom.
  3. Divide into several piles. Each person traveling has piles within your spot. Divide your place up into several piles based upon how many people are visiting: 3 people, three collections, four people, four piles, etc., when you grab something for someone to place it in their pile and go on your way. Next time around, do the same thing for someone else. Over a few days, each person will have a nice accumulated pile of items for the trip.
  4. Take inventory. When you have a few minutes every 3-5 days, take a mental inventory of the piles. Then add missing items on successive days.


  • The result?
  • In seconds a day over about a week, you can have everyone nicely prepared for the trip. From here, there are two ways you can handle the actual packing since you are the “Preparation Police.”
  • Method 1: “Ready & Wear it” Method. Regardless of how unhappy they’re with what they need in their bag, everyone has got to use it. Whatever it’s, they wear it because you had to pack for them. Yes, you’ll imagine the results. The advantage of this is often that you rarely will need to steel oneself against anyone again unless they’re 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 collection. Then, they pack their bag. They either do it, or they don’t. If they don’t, this Method quickly becomes Method 1. 
  • Finally, depending on how much you want to be the “Preparation Police,” you can pack a few “essentials” in your bag for those items everyone seems to leave behind: sunscreen, toothpaste, swimsuit, underwear, sunglasses.
  • In the end, your family will spend less time trying to find forgotten items at your destination. If you have traveled before, you know that this can add up to a lot of saved time & money.

There is nothing better than proper travel planning and preparation to guarantee an excellent trip every time. For those few trips that catch you short of time, use “Snippets” Its a considerable a stopgap measure.

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