Stress Free Travel Prep

March 2, 2015

HAPPINESS / LIFESTYLE / Travel / Uncategorized

IMG_3841-1-2Do you stress about travel preparations…packing, planning and leaving your home? I LOVE to travel but I TOTALLY go nutzo in preparing! Here are a few things I’ve learned to let go of and simplify to properly ease into a vacation.


I may or may not have been known to stay up all night before even just a weekend trip, packing, cooking and cleaning my whole home to spotless perfection. EW! I’ve changed. HA!


Order in the night before so that kitchen cleanup is out of the equation. I am big on cooking a full-on meal nearly every night. I really feel like it’s my job to make homemade meals for my fam. I also get overwhelmed if I have to do this the night before a trip. 


I have a travel toiletry bag pretty much ready to go at all times. 

OK, confession, I kind of have a zippered carryon bag ready to go too. Refill your Airborne tubes etc as soon as you get home from the trip so it’s rearing and ready for the next one!


I always make a shopping trip to get a few fun new things for the vacation arsenal. Here are a few of my faves for this trip:

Bite in Madeira high pigment pencil. A girlfriend whipped one of these fancy, smooth twist pencil hues out on a shopping date a while back and I stumbled upon it at Sephora. LUSCIOUS!!! I LOVE the texture this stuff and the twist/pencil design is really cool. 

My sister once said she had a MAC lipstick that was basically the exact color of her lips and loved it. THIS is what this color looks like on me. If I were a celebrity doing one of those “makeup free” ads, technically I could wear this and not be wearing makeup.

Maison Du Soir Ibiza Floral “dress.” This is going to be a beach coverup, day cruising casual dress and possible a nightgown as well. SO easy to wash in the sink and so comfortable. Heck, “SO HOT RIGHT NOW, Hansel!” I based my mani and pedi on it yesterday. 

Bowtie for Grant (Target). Similar HERE.

Today we are cruising in the Caribbean for a week and then we have a week in Florida. My husband has turned me into a cruiser! I had heard about it for years from my friend, Linda who does an annual ladies cruise with her girlfriends. I had avoided them because after my Navy days, sailing around for a week was work! Well, now I get it! 

Please share your trip prep rituals!!!



11 thoughts on “Stress Free Travel Prep

  1. Andreea Belc

    I stress a lot before a trip as well. This weekend is our first one away from home with the baby. I am going nuts thinking of all the things we need to take, even if it is only for 2 days. Have fun on your trip!

  2. Elisa

    Lists! I make lists for everyone. If I am attending a specific event, like a blogging conference, I spend a few weeks (neurotic? yep) considering my options and come up with outfits and pack around those. I use template packing lists so I don’t forget any of the basics. And then I divide my usual necessaire contents into “must have/pop into a ziploc bag” and “this can go in the checked luggage” groups. I don’t know why but the security peeps here in Europe always look surprised when I show up with my own ziploc bag.
    On a side note, I love that print and the nude lipstick is awesome! My fave nude lipstick is also from MAC.

  3. Rowena @ rolala loves

    I tend to stress before traveling too. It doesn’t help that my husband and I are usually such homebodies. I keep a travel toiletry bag packed at all times too. I started doing that after Hurricane Sandy though so it’s more for emergencies. I have a little check list i go through before trips just to make sure I don’t forget anything. Have lots of fun on your cruise Christina!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    1. Christina Warren

      Rowena, we are total travelers but turning into homebodies!!!! AH, yes, emergency packing! We are into that too! My father-in-law gave us lots of disaster preparedness food packs etc for Christmas! HA! You know, I never thought about the toiletry bag for that reason! Great idea!!

      Seriously, the coconut oil on my legs has been a game changer. Thank you again!

    1. Christina Warren

      KRISTA!!! We actually changed our flights to come home a day early bc we were so sick with the flu! AH! It looks like my parents will be living there for a few years, so a trip will surely happen again! I would love that! We were wiped out on this trip! PS Your son’s bday looks like a dream!!!!

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