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Use “Packr” App So You Will Never Need To Worry About Your Travel Packing List Again

Use “Packr” App So You Will Never Need To Worry About Your Travel Packing List Again

Travelling is wonderful, but packing can be a pain. It’s easy to remember toiletries and extra underwear, but when it comes to setting up a wardrobe, deciding what to add to your suitcase can be overwhelming.

When you pack, you have to consider so many different aspects of your travel. You’ll need to bring specific items for the activities that you plan to do. You also have to consider the weather conditions. With so many moving parts in the packing machine, it’s easy to forget a thing or two along the way.

Forgetting what to pack is a real headache

As someone who has traveled and moved a great deal, I have forgotten my fair share of items over the years. Once, I was in the middle of a cross-country move. All of my stuff, save for one suitcase, had been loaded onto the moving truck. Then, I received an invitation to an out-of-state conference. I thought that I had been clever by setting aside a professional outfit just in case something business-related came up, but I completely forgot about shoes! An eleventh-hour shopping trip ensued.

Another time, I was working overseas for the summer. I remembered to bring everything except a small bag for outings. All I had with me was a suitcase and a backpack. I ended up using plastic grocery bags as my purse for a large chunk of the trip. This was not a good look for me.

Packr takes the guesswork out of creating a packing checklist

The Packr app helps you figure out what you need to bring with you based on your destination and what you’re planning to do.

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In addition to telling you what to bring, the app also gives you the option to create to-do lists in advance of your trip. This can help you keep track of paperwork, vaccinations, and other logistical items that you need to complete before you go.

Getting started with Packr is easy

You naturally want an app focused on creating a checklist to be easy to use, and Packr doesn’t disappoint.

1. Plan your trip

Before you set up a checklist, you can input information about your destination. Click on the red plus sign icon to add a trip. If you have a busy travel schedule, you can create multiple trips in the app.

    2. Tell Packr where you’re going and when

    Highlight the dates on the calendar on which you intend to travel. When you enter the date and location, Packr pulls data about the weather at your destination. As you get closer to your travel dates, the app updates your trip’s weather forecast with the latest information.

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    You can also indicate whether you will be traveling for business or leisure at this stage.

      3. Add details about your activities

      At the bottom of the calendar page, you will notice an option that says, “Select activities.” Click on that to provide even more details about the nature of your travel.

      The app takes into account your accommodations, transportation, and specific activities that you plan to do. Choose from the 24 pre-defined activities in the app to start your list.

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        Camping with your family in the mountains will require a different list than staying in a hotel for a business conference. Your in-flight needs are different from the things you might want on a train. Packr helps you stay organized as you navigate different settings on your journey.

        4. Generate a packing list

        You can create and view your packing list by selecting the trip that you want to see from the “Next Trips” page. The top of the screen shows you a projected forecast for each day of your travel. Based on that information and the nature of your travel, Packr will generate a list for you.

          Click on the arrows beside each item to view the full list for each category.

          If you need to create additional reminders or want to make a list on your own, you can also do that by selecting the “Customize lists” option at the bottom of your packing checklist. You can also select the plus sign on the packing list to add individual items.

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          Packr is a traveler’s best friend

          Regardless of where you’re going and why, the Packr app makes it easy to pack your bags. You’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your trip and less time (and money) replacing forgotten items.

          Packr is currently available for iOS devices. You can download it for free to access the basic features, and for $1.99 you can get an ad-free experience with faster loading times and additional features.

          Put the Packr – Travel Packing Checklist to work for you.

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          Last Updated on July 17, 2019

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          What happens in our heads when we set goals?

          Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

          Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

          According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

          Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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          Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

          Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

          The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

          Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

          So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

          Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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          One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

          Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

          Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

          The Neurology of Ownership

          Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

          In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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          But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

          This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

          Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

          The Upshot for Goal-Setters

          So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

          On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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          It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

          On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

          But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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