Does anyone else get anxiety before a trip?

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

cls9q:  Ha!  You sound like me when I’m getting ready to travel.  I love coming home to a clean house (who wants to clean just after vacation?) and I always fear that I’ll forget something important (hence the lists).  I think you just have to take it in stride, it’s all the preparation that actually lets you truly relax and enjoy your trip.  Just imagine yourself on the beach while you’re cleaning the grout, at least it will help a little 😉

Post # 3
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Usually just the night before, I get paranoid I will sleep through my alarm and miss my flight/not leave on time or something.  I usually only sleep for a few hours because I keep waking up to check the clock and make sure I haven’t over slept.

Post # 5
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

cls9q:  no i just dread packing.

Post # 6
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i wouldn’t call it anxiety, but I have to have a spotless house when I leave too so that I can come back to a nice clean home and continue to relax.  No biggie if it’s not as clean as I like though, it’s not wroth stressing over since it’ll be there all the same when I return.

Post # 7
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a friend who does this.  She cleans like crazy before she leaves, but her reason is because if something happens to her, she doesn’t want people to come into her condo and see it dirty/messy and think she was a slob. 

And my anxiety is for a couple reasons.  One is I’m always paranoid I’m going to sleep in, so then I don’t end up sleeping, and the second is because I hate flying.  I’m not afraid to fly, but I get clausterphobic and usually have a panic attack at sometime during the flight.  I have to sit on the aisle, I can’t wear jeans or a belt because they feel too tight and restrictive.  The panic attack usually only lasts 5-10 minutes, but in includes crying, hyperventilating, and sweating lol.  Oh and I get motion sickness very easily, so I am always paranoid I’m going to throw up (even with Gravol.) 

My poor husband hahah…You would think that would stop us from traveling, but we travel almost once a month, so it’s going to take a lot more than that to keep us away 😉

Post # 8
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I noticed on my trip this last November, that I got super stressed and full of anxiety … it is a strange turn of events. 

I bought some Calm Forte by Hylands that I take before I have done any traveling since then and it helps a lot. I start a few days before taking 2 in the morning and 2 at night. Seems to really help. 

Post # 9
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We used to be like this, till we realized we were creating a ton of extra stress for ourselves. These days, we just pack the day we leave, unless we have a super early flight, in which case we pack the night before. That helps prevent the habit of dragging way too much clothes with us. Anything we need and didn’t pack, we go buy– or at least that is the theory, but we’ve never actually bought anything, because whatever we forgot to bring always ends up being “not important enough to bother spending money on.”  And we just hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning while we are gone.

Post # 11
88 posts
Worker bee

Yes! We are leaving on Saturday for a weeklong trip, and I just get anxiety in general.  About someonthing happening at home and I can’t be there.  With my friends or my pets.  We have a house sitter who is coming a time or 2 a day, and I just feel like “OMG what if the cat (insert crazy highly unlikely scenerio here) and no one is there!”

But, I already take anxiety meds, so I’m kind of used to freaking out a lot. 

Post # 13
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My fiance and I don’t stress a lot about travelling. I’ll usually pack the day before and have a pretty standard list of things I take. I’m going on a trip with my mom next week and her suitcase is out and the packing has begun. She gets really stressed out about travelling and making sure she has everything.

Post # 15
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

cls9q:  this is me 100%!!! I get super anxious like the week before we travel- my stomach is in knots, I have a hard time remembering things, and the day before right up until we takeoff I feel like I have to puke- never have yet but the feeling sucks. (real travel, not just a weekend camping) I make sooo many lists- one for the housework, one for job-work, one for packing, one for yardwork, one for the friend watching our house & pup… DH really hates it but he’s a good husband and goes along with it because he knows it makes me happy to come home with no worries or things to do for at least another week… Part of the reason I get so anxious is because we have to drive 4-5 hours to get to the closest major airport so I’m always nervous we will leave behind something crucial like the tickets, or passport, or house keys and not realize until we get ready to board the flight… Plus, there is always road construction when we try to travel and I end up getting lost and stressing even more because now we’re late, lost, and my gps in san fran sucks balls (recalculating every 2 seconds)… 

I don’t really know why, but I just really love leaving a clean house and coming back to a clean house. my brother stayed at watched our dog a few times we were on vacation and I was livid when I got home because he left a mess in what was a perfectly clean house when we left. We switched to another friend last time and not only did she clean up after herself, she did my laundry and cleaned up our storage room we didnt have time to get to before we left. Plus, she loves our dog to pieces because she looks exactly like her old pitty that died 3 yrs ago… Love that woman! 

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