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Five ways to get ready to travel

Airline travelers wait in the terminal for their planes to arrive at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Airline travelers wait in the terminal for their planes to arrive at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Preparing for a recent trip to Mexico I found myself in a place I don't like to be. Discombobulated. Behind. In the weeds. 

Leisure travel should be fun, and preparing well for a trip can make it that much more enjoyable. With that in mind here are five rules for getting ready for a trip. You mileage may vary. 

Don't pack the night before: There's a lot of good reasons for this. From a practical standpoint it ups the odds you will forget something. Plus, it's no fun running around at 10 p.m. at night trying to match up socks, or find beach clothes from last summer. 

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Make a list: If you're going out of the country it's a good idea to let your bank and credit card company know, stop your mail and let family know your itinerary are some things that are good to keep in mind. 

12 year-old Donivan Rogers of Canton, takes a nap in the barn has he waits to show his heifer at The State Fair of Oklahoma at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City , Saturday, September 17, 2011. Photo by Steve Gooch ORG XMIT: KOD
12 year-old Donivan Rogers of Canton, takes a nap in the barn has he waits to show his heifer at The State Fair of Oklahoma at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City , Saturday, September 17, 2011. Photo by Steve Gooch ORG XMIT: KOD

 Sleep: Travel guru Rick Steves' advice isn't for everyone but one of his best tips is to make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep in the 2-3 nights ahead of your trip. It keeps you rested, and healthier. 

 

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Don't sweat the small stuff: It's a fine line between awesome and stressful when traveling. One way to alleviate that before you go is to prioritize what really needs to be done before you leave, and what doesn't. I often fall into the trap of trying to finish projects around the house before I go on a trip. More likely than not, it can wait. 

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Eat wisely: If you're about to head out on a 30-hour transit to somewhere on the other side of the planet, or a shorter trip, maybe it's not a good idea to hit up the local Chinese buffet the night before you leave. Just throwing that out there. 


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Airline travelers wait in the terminal for their planes to arrive at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Airline travelers wait in the terminal for their planes to arrive at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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