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Nomad Notes: Packing Rituals

You’re asking and I’m answering! In a series called Nomad Notes, I’m addressing your most frequently asked questions on nomadic life so you too can figure out how to realize your dream.

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Getting Psyched for Your Journey Through Packing Rituals

I realized while preparing for my recent trip how much I enjoyed the art of packing and how much I’ve missed it. Just putting things in travel-sized bottles made me giddy with excitement.

I mean, I was only going to LA for a few days to partake in LA Fashion Week, but it involved a suitcase and air travel so it TOTALLY counted. It wasn’t Fiji, but I’m a suitcase half full kind of girl. It’s all about perspective. Adventure was on its way!

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And even though travel can be exciting, sometimes it’s hard to get into the mindset that you’re actually going somewhere. I get e-mails constantly asking how I mentally prep for a trip. And it takes some experimenting to find what works for you.

But after finding what tasks get you in a groove, it’s like riding a bike. I’ll mindlessly going through a series of motions after printing off my boarding pass. Packing turquoise (for safe travels, health, and longevity), shoving a notebook in my purse (for blog notes), and double checking I have proper ID are all must-do’s. But there is one thing that always pumps me up for an adventure…

I make playlists.

I’m a big fan of music and I look at every adventure as a piece of my life movie that needs a soundtrack. I associate songs with memories and love creating a montage of tunes to accompany whatever adventure I’m heading on. Sometimes the songs relate to my trip. Sometimes they’re current pop hits that make me want to dance. I don’t have rules; I just include whatever makes me feel good about the impending travel.

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So what’s on my playlist for LA?

Katy Perry- Roar
The Icarus Account- Favorite Girl
Sara Bareilles- I Choose You
Miley Cyrus- We Can’t Stop
Imagine Dragons- On Top of The World
Passenger- Let Her Go
Tal Bachman- She’s So High
Avicii- Wake Me Up
Hunter Hayes- I Want Crazy
Bruno Mars- Treasure

For more of my travel playlist picks, check out my list for air travel tunes and Australia.

How do you get psyched for travel? What songs would be on the soundtrack of your life movie?

Have a question on nomadic life or professional adventuring? Leave me a comment! Let’s discuss. :)


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    Gina Johnson

    October 19, 2013

    “Roar” and “Wake Me Up” are on my “Theme Song” playlist. Love them- Music feeds my soul constantly these days.

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      October 24, 2013

      I love those choices! And yes, music is always great soul food. :)

      Thanks so much for sharing, Gina!

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    October 21, 2013

    Those songs fit perfectly with the adventure. I can see an LA video with them playing in the background.

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      October 24, 2013

      Haha! YES! I strive for that. Glad to hear someone else shares my vision.

      What songs are on your playlist right now?

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    October 28, 2013

    I nominated you for The Sunshine Award :) You’re a busy gal, but I wanted to show my appreciation for your writing. You know you were the first blog I ever followed :D I linked to you in this post:

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      November 2, 2013

      Wow, thank you so much! That is so sweet of you. I feel so honored and grateful that I was the first blog you followed. And I’m SO grateful you’ve stuck around! Here’s to more adventures together! Lots of love.

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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