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Packing Tips - How I Use The Packing List

You might be reading the title thinking, "Really? You're going to show me how to pack?" Yes...yes I am. It's come to my attention that I'm perhaps not in the norm when it comes to the way I pack. Now, people have lots of different packing styles; some throw a bag together the night before, some are super detailed, some start packing weeks in advance, and some pack a little and buy when they get to their destination. Whatever your style may be, I think packing is generally thought to be pretty annoying, but of course, necessary task when traveling.

I don't want to jinx myself but since using this method (probably for a few years now) I can't remember one time where I forgot something. I also have felt much more relaxed and prepared when heading out on my travels.

So let's get into it.


Give yourself enough time. Start at least a week before. I know, I know. Trust me here. We need to do a little prep work before we can really hit the ground running.

First things first, where are you going? Do a little research and figure out what the weather will be like. Don't forget to think about how the temperature might change from day to night as well. Then count how many days you'll be gone.

Using my Honeymoon as an example, we're gone for 17 days (including travel days). It will take us about 16 hours and two flights to get to Greece.

Now, list out (as much as possible) all of the events or activities you'll take part in. You may know your itinerary down to every hour or you may be a bit more flexible. Include any special events that may be happening during your trip too.

DAY 1: Travel

DAY 2: Arrive in Athens (at night)

Day 3: Site-seeing in Athens (Acropolis & Museum)

Day 4: Ferry to Santorini, Check in to hotel, walk around

Day 5: Hike Caldera Path from Fira to Oia, Atlantis Bookstore

Day 6: Wine Tour

Day 7: Boat Tour

Day 8: Site-seeing (Akotiri ruins & Red Beach)

Day 9: Ferry to Ios, Explore

Day 10: Beach Day

Day 11: Beach Day

Day 12: Ferry to Mykonos

Day 13: Site-Seeing (Paraportiani Church, Temple of Dionysus, & Terrace of the Lions)

Day 14: Beach Day

Day 15: Ferry back to Athens