In between trips

One of the toughest things about business travel is getting ready for a trip right after you just got home from one. 4-21-15-1There are just so many things to do in between trips, and it feels like there’s never enough time to get them done. Typically when I’m traveling week after week I’ll have three days between trips.  Those 72 hours feel like a marathon of chores and snores, but when I leave for my next trip the goal is to be refreshed and prepped.  Here are some of the things I like to do in between trips with a short turn around.

Replenish toiletries. Trips week after week really take a toll on my toiletries.  I’ll assess what I’m running low on, then refill and replace things like my shampoo, toothpaste, razor, etc.  My makeup bag also gets hit pretty hard, so I’ll check to see if any of my cosmetics need updating as well.

Expenses.  If I don’t tackle my expenses after each trip I’ll go crazy when I finally decide to do them. I’ve gone several weeks without doing expenses before and it’s not a pretty site (just ask the Home Warrior).  By doing my expenses after each trip I stay more organized, plus I lessen the chance of misplacing a receipt.

Clean out purse. I don’t know how it happens, but I accumulate a lot of random crap in my purse when I travel.  Things like boarding passes, napkins, and half eaten granola bars tend to pile up during a trip which makes it a challenge to find things I really need. It’s so much less stressful when I can find things quickly in my purse, so I clean it out after every trip if at all possible.

Recharge my devices.  The night before I leave for a trip I always recharge my devices.  I’ll recharge my mobile Jackery charger (which as I type is going for $12.99), Kindle, computer, and phone.

Work out.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to find time to work out on the road.  Travel in itself feels like a workout so even if I do find time on the road my body will reject the idea.  That’s why when I’m home I try to get in a couple workouts before my next trip, along with some healthy homemade food. It makes a huge difference on my next trip, allowing my body to more easily reset itself.

Time with family and friends. Sometimes in the midst of a travel marathon I can feel like I’m losing touch with my closest loved ones. FaceTime and phone conversations are great, but nothing beats one on one. While I’m home between trips the Mini Warrior gets priority—snuggles, playing, reading, and just hanging out—but I also try to get in some quality time with the Home Warrior. Finally, it’s not always easy but I try to get together with my girlfriends for a quick visit at least a couple times a month.

Catch up on shows. While I have a few shows I watch during travel, there are several shows the Home Warrior and I watch together. It’s nice to spend a couple hours watching our favorites—currently Forever and Agents of Shield.

Sleep. I put it last on the list, but I really try to get a decent amount of sleep while I’m home. Most importantly, I turn in early the night before a trip—then I can hit the road refreshed and ready to go!

Readers, how do you spend your time at home in between trips?

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