Contrary to what you may believe, there is much more to getting ready for a trip than just packing (although that may be one of the most important parts!). Personally, before I take a trip, I make a list on my phone of the different things I need to do ahead of time. From beauty (getting my eyebrows done and possibly a haircut?) to logistics (printing boarding passes), the list is rather extensive. And it all needs to be done before the trip.
Some of the most important things to do before a trip are the logistical ones. As I said before, printing your boarding passes in advance (especially if you're taking Southwest) is very important. Also, I made sure to copy all of our confirmation and reservation numbers on a piece of paper, even though I have them all in my phone. Paper can't die if it runs out of battery. I also made sure to get singles for tipping in various circumstances. These are things I wanted to make sure I wouldn't forget.
Next on my list are the more fun things. I have to remember to print my touring plans, so I can spend less time in lines and more time on rides. I'm also possibly getting a manicure and pedicure (though I may save that money for Disney). I decorated envelopes for Mousekeeping (housekeeping at the Disney parks!) to put their tips in every day. Hopefully they'll enjoy them!
Finally, there are the essential things on my list, like packing and charging my electronics. I would be lost without my phone and camera charged, and I'll also remember to charge my iPod and Kindle for the plane rides. As for packing, first I had to remember to buy everything I needed. I bought an extra memory card for my camera and an extra phone battery for our upcoming trip. Then, in a few days (likely the night before the trip, knowing me), I will get everything all packed up. Clothes, bathing suits, sunscreen, and, of course, my Minnie ears! The ears are going into my carry-on! Of course, anything you forget to pack can be bought on Disney property, but it's nice (and much cheaper!) to bring them from home if you can remember.
So what do you do before a trip? What do you always have to remember to pack? Do you make a list? Let me know how you get ready to go in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!