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    Aruba Anxiety?

    Does anyone else here experience what I call in my head "Aruba Anxiety" before their trip? For me, when the trip is still a few months away, everything is all good and I can't wait to get there! As soon as it gets to be less than a month, I get these weird, random waves of anxiety over flights, packing, passports, ED card stuff, pet sitters, house sitters (which is my son in both those cases), what to pack, what not to pack, should I be packed already, should I throw caution to the wind and pack last minute, will the flights be on time, etc., etc. I looked at my pictures this morning from past trips to remind myself that all will be well - and I know it will be - but I still get myself more nervous than I need to be. I know once my butt is in seat 3A from Charlotte that I will relax, but until then, I am gonna struggle. Anyone else do this or am I the only weirdo?
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    I do the same - we're not weirdos It seems for me that the older I get the more I have to do pre-trip - and I get anxious about getting all of it done, etc. Packing too makes me uptight and stressed out as I don't want to over pack and I don't want to do without certain things. It's a battle but like you said above, once I'm in my seat on the plane leaving for Aruba I start to relax and enjoy myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieLovesAruba View Post
    I do the same - we're not weirdos It seems for me that the older I get the more I have to do pre-trip - and I get anxious about getting all of it done, etc. Packing too makes me uptight and stressed out as I don't want to over pack and I don't want to do without certain things. It's a battle but like you said above, once I'm in my seat on the plane leaving for Aruba I start to relax and enjoy myself.

    Phew! I am glad I am not the only one! I was doing really well until this past weekend and then it hit. I know it's gonna get more frequent between now and then too, so I gotta be diligent in reminding myself it will be ok. *sigh*
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    I get anxiety just a few days before and when I drop the dog off at boarding. It bothers me more and more as we both age. Tom tends to keep a low profile the few days prior. We always stay at the airport Hilton the night before. I find it helps not to have the anxiety of getting to the airport. Tom hates it but goes along with me. I have a pretty good Check list which helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    I get anxiety just a few days before and when I drop the dog off at boarding. It bothers me more and more as we both age. Tom tends to keep a low profile the few days prior. We always stay at the airport Hilton the night before. I find it helps not to have the anxiety of getting to the airport. Tom hates it but goes along with me. I have a pretty good Check list which helps a lot.
    I said something about this anxiety to my husband last night and he said, "You always do this. Everything will be fine." He is not wrong in both cases, but that never seems to help. LOL. I think I may need to create a checklist. I have a spreadsheet for everything we do while there, but maybe a checklist ahead of time will help me out some. I love me a good checklist!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phrogg108 View Post
    I said something about this anxiety to my husband last night and he said, "You always do this. Everything will be fine." He is not wrong in both cases, but that never seems to help. LOL. I think I may need to create a checklist. I have a spreadsheet for everything we do while there, but maybe a checklist ahead of time will help me out some. I love me a good checklist!!
    Tom has said the very same words, almost every trip!! I find the checklist really helpful. I just keep it on the iPad.

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    We had some serious anxiety this year with the major storm that hit on June 29, the day before our arrival this year. All ended well, but some serious worries leading up to our departure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    We had some serious anxiety this year with the major storm that hit on June 29, the day before our arrival this year. All ended well, but some serious worries leading up to our departure.
    If there is going to be a storm the day before we go, I will be a mess. I can only imagine how nerve-wracking that had to be!!!
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    Put me in the Anxiety column. We leave a week from today and my husband has all his clothes, toiletries etc. put aside in the spare room ready to go into the suitcase.
    Me….. I’m still doing laundry.
    Hopefully tomorrow I can set aside some things to pack. On a good note I am proud to have all my meds ready to go!
    I really get anxious getting to the airport even though we have all those things that make travel less stressful- first class seats, TSA and Global Entry as well as Clear. I neurotically check multiple times for passports and ED card approval before going to the airport and again, and again, and again once I’m there. Likewise I can’t relax until in buckled into my seat on the plane!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckahoe View Post
    Put me in the Anxiety column. We leave a week from today and my husband has all his clothes, toiletries etc. put aside in the spare room ready to go into the suitcase.
    Me….. I’m still doing laundry.
    Hopefully tomorrow I can set aside some things to pack. On a good note I am proud to have all my meds ready to go!
    I really get anxious getting to the airport even though we have all those things that make travel less stressful- first class seats, TSA and Global Entry as well as Clear. I neurotically check multiple times for passports and ED card approval before going to the airport and again, and again, and again once I’m there. Likewise I can’t relax until in buckled into my seat on the plane!
    I do that same thing! We have first class seats and TSA pre-check/Global Entry. We fly out of a relatively small airport that takes no time at all to walk from the front door to the gate. We have plenty of time (this trip) for the layover in Charlotte. I know I won't forget the passports because that is the ONE THING we must have or we aren't even getting past the ticket counter. I will have the emails and the ED stuff on my phone, printed out and give a copy to my husband so there is one more "just in case" (even though he will think I am a lunatic) and I will still be anxious as all get out. I used to travel all the time before I had kids for my job and was never this anxious. Of course, that was before 9/11 and things were a little more lax but still. The anxiety monster sure likes to dig its claws and teeth in and hang on for dear life. It has decided that logic and reason is for the birds... *sigh*
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