+ Packing tips for people with ADHD
Packing for a solo business trip or a fun-filled family vacation doesn’t have to be a stressful task. With these packing tips for entrepreneurs on the go, you’ll learn the ins and outs of organizing & optimizing the space in your carry-on.
1. Outfit Planning
Whether it be a training seminar or a small conference, maintaining professional attire is your key to confidence & comfort. On a stress-free day, start by assembling outfits together and trying them on. Assess what makes you feel comfortable, fits the occasion, and reflects your personal style. When it comes to business outfits, don’t skip on accessories. Assemble everything you plan to wear that day, from shoes to earrings. For your sleeping clothes and comfy attire, pick your favorite items and have one outfit ready for each night spent.
2. Schedule your Outfits
Once your outfits have been assembled, determine exactly how many days’ worth of outfits you will need. 4 day seminar? Have 4 professional outfits ready. Sleeping for 3 nights? Have 3 sleepwear outfits ready. With that obstacle out of the way, hang the articles of each outfit up on hangers (one outfit per hanger), and put them neatly to the side.
Tip for people with ADHD: If you feel you may lose track of your outfits, take a picture of each assembled outfit and save it to your phone. This will ensure that you remember the details and save you the hassle of re-assembling.
3. The Dreaded Toiletries Bag
Keep your toiletries bag plain and simple to prevent a messy hotel bathroom. Reflect on your night time routine: what are your skincare essentials? What do you actually use and what can you go without? Consider everything from makeup to skincare and narrow down an efficient morning and night routine that won’t stress you out. Remember the essentials (toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, etc). Stock up on travel sizes of any liquids that fall outside of airport guidelines (3.4 oz or 100 millilitres per liquid item). Count your medication or any pills necessary before packing to make sure you’ll be covered the whole trip. Avoid packing “maybe” items, because chances are you won’t even need them. Packing lightly will allow for efficient travel and save you time in customs. For those with ADHD, you can find a comprehensive packing checklist, including important documents & travel essentials here.
Tip for people with ADHD: Buy a travel sized duplicate of all your cosmetic essentials, so that you don’t have to measure out each of your liquids. This will also ensure you still have your cosmetics at home, in case you lose any in travel.
4. What goes into my carry-on?
One of the most stressful things about packing is wondering what goes into your carry-on, and what goes into your luggage. When choosing a carry on, take your favorite go-to bag, with enough space and enough zippers. Remember, just because you’re allowed to bring several carry-on bags, doesn’t mean you should. Less things to carry will be a weight off your shoulders (literally).
To keep your carry-on well stocked, here are the essentials:
Passport & boarding pass
Your main devices (phone, laptop, camera)
Chargers & headphones
Little bags to separate small items
Book or magazine for in-flight entertainment
Toiletries bag including toothbrush, deodorant & mints for long flights
Wallet and foreign currency
Quart-sized clear plastic bag comprised of 3.4oz liquids (just the essentials!)
In case of a layover, pack a change of clothes & socks
The rest goes in your luggage!
5. Optimizing luggage space
Before packing your outfits, make sure they are wrinkle-free. Any clothing that needs ironing should be taken care of before travel. This will ensure your outfits are fresh and ready-to-wear. To optimize luggage space, make use of travel cubes, cases designed to section off your luggage for travel. These are useful for unpacking, as your clothes won’t get mixed up with your jewelry. If you’re travelling with family, assign a different color to each family member to avoid confusion.
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