Mindful Travel: Planning a Spring Trip with Intention

Ahh, spring has sprung, and we can finally get out of the house and enjoy nature and travel. However, you can’t get in a big hurry. Whether you’re packing for a hiking trip or an adventure overseas, if you aren’t mindful of both your itinerary and your planning overall, the trip could turn into a huge headache.

As an example, forgetting any road trip essentials could result in the kids getting bored, whiney, and, well, let’s be honest, annoying! 

Something as little as forgetting an international adapter for your phone, rechargeable razor, or laptop could be a huge headache. Especially if you need a charger in the middle of the night.

If you want to help ensure that you have the best spring trip this year, you should consider any and all tips. While we can’t guarantee that the ones below are all you need, we’re willing to bet that there are at least a few that you haven’t thought of.

So, before you pack your bags or load up the car, take two minutes to see what we recommend.

For a Road Trip

  • First, for the most part, you can forget about being strict about keeping your car clean and clutter-free during a road trip. Be mindful that trash is going to build up, snacks are going to spill, and pillows and blankets are going to be everywhere. So, just chill and clean up during gas or pit stops, and it’ll help keep your blood pressure low.
  • If you want to save money wherever possible, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of cooler tote bags stocked with drinks. Instead of grabbing individual drinks at convenience stores along the way, letting everyone pick up a 6-pack before loading up is cheaper and ensures that everyone gets what they like.
  • You have got to keep everyone’s safety in mind. No one can lie down across the backseat. Seatbelts are a must at all times. You also need to have a fully stocked first aid kit and ensure that your tires are in good shape and inflated properly to help protect against blowouts. And, of course, don’t forget the spare tire. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the highway in the middle of the night.

Traveling Abroad


  • There’s virtually no such thing as stress-free packing when it comes to vacationing outside the country. Prepare for it beforehand by making sure all laundry is done and any necessary shopping is done before you start packing.
  • Be mindful that you’re going to run into situations where being able to communicate in the local language will come in handy. While you may not have the time or inclination to learn it, especially if you’re visiting multiple countries, some translators cover upwards of 108 languages.
  • Whether you plan to hit the best pubs in London or are headed to Amsterdam’s redlight district, don’t drink in excess and keep local laws and etiquette in mind. Legal blood-alcohol levels are different just about everywhere you go, and stunts that sound fun at the time could land you in jail. Or worse.
  • Protect yourself by having at least two copies of your passport, driver’s license, and other important documents. Keep one on your person and one in your luggage just in case the originals are lost or stolen.

In summary, smart planning is the secret to enjoying your spring travels and avoiding unnecessary setbacks. Always be prepared for the unexpected and prioritize safety and legality, no matter how carefree the spirit of adventure beckons. Keep these pointers in mind, and you’re set to create memories that are both delightful and hassle-free.

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