I got a new haircut today, and I’m feeling much less anxiety than I did yesterday! Now that I’ve admitted that I am a little scared–now that I’ve named that feeling–I can deal with it.
I’m dealing with it by completing a checklist of things to do “Pre-Packing.” In these last few weeks before my flight, there is more motivation for me to take care of myself:
- I don’t want to look like a slob when I arrive
- Some things are cheaper in the USA
- It’s fun!
It’s fun because every little thing I do is no longer just delayed gratification. When I go to the dentist, there’s the instant gratification of marking something off my “Pre-Packing” to-do list (long-term gratification: not having to drop my teeth in a glass on my nightstand every night).
And with every new item checked off my “Pre-Packing” list, I feel a little different. My teeth are sparklier. My hair is neater. My eyes are more focused. My underwear is less saggy. It’s like I’m becoming a more polished version of myself: I’m Megan 2.0.
This list of things/accounts to do and purchase is based on my current health insurance coverage and what I’ve heard is more expensive in Spain than in the United States. This isn’t a packing list!
- Contacts — 9 months
- Prescriptions — 9 months
- New basic clothes/shoes
- Haircut that will grow out nicely
- Travel credit card
- Travel insurance
- Travel phone/plan
- New toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, contact solution)
- New make-up
Do you think my list is complete? Am I forgetting something? What else should I take care of before I go?