How to Plan a Last Minute Trip

How to Plan a Last Minute Trip
Even with plenty of time to prepare, the many details that go into planning a trip can be overwhelming.
When you're planning a trip at the last minute, the preparations can be even more nerve-racking. But with a little organization, you should be able to pull things off without a hitch. Your last-minute trip might even turn out to be one of the best and most memorable you've ever taken. Just don't forget your toothbrush.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Area Map Sitter (if necessary) Suitcase Gear
  • Area Map
  • Sitter (if necessary)
  • Suitcase
  • Gear
Step 1
Figure out where you are going and where you'll be staying, if you haven't done so already. You'll be better prepared and know what items you will need to bring.
Step 2
Call the facility--whether it be a campground, park or inn--to make sure you will have accommodations on the dates you want to visit. The last thing you want is to show up and find out the campground is full and you have no place to stay.
Step 3
Check the weather forecast for the area you'll be visiting. You can then plan what type of clothing and gear you'll need to pack.
Step 4
Write down a menu for the meals you will be eating while on your trip, including snacks. Make a list of all the necessary ingredients so you won't forget anything while shopping.
Step 5
Make a list of extra supplies you will need on the trip such as batteries, bug spray, tarps or anything else. With a complete list, you will be less likely to forget something while shopping and packing.
Step 6
Find a sitter for your pets, if you have any. Give the sitter your contact information, instructions for the pets, and the dates you plan on leaving and returning.
Step 7
Divide your clothes into piles according to when you will need them. For example, make a pile of clothes for cold weather, warm weather, night gear, socks, shoes and undergarments. You will then have everything together in one place when you start packing, and everything will be easy to find during your trip.
Step 8
Gather your gear and situate it all in one location. This way, when you pack your car, everything will be in one place.
Step 9
Notify someone of where you are going, when you will be leaving and when you plan to return. Leave them with contact information in the event an emergency arises. Ask a neighbor to bring in your mail and newspaper while you're gone.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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