I get such a feeling of satisfaction when I cross things off of a list. I also feel like lists keep me organized.
I can be slightly scatterbrained when it comes to my personal life. I blame it on the fact that I try to be very with it and pay such close attention to detail in my professional life.
So it only stands to reason that I would make a list to help me pack. Keeps me organized and makes sure I don’t forget anything.
I sometimes have dreams before I go on vacation that I have forgotten key items, such as my passport… or all my clothes.
I start the list before I start packing. Perhaps while seated comfortably on the couch in front of the TV.
To make sure I don’t forget anything, I think of a category in my head and write down everything I need that belongs to that category. Categories I think about are:
- Clothing items
- Toiletries/Personal Care
- Entertainment (ex. books, magazines)
- Electronics (ex. camera, battery charger)
- Travel Documents/Money (ex. PASSPORT!!!)
- Medications (I like to be prepared with various OTC remedies, just in case)
- Destination Specific Needs (in my case mostly means beach necessities like beach bag, hat, etc)
I have a tendency to pack way more than I need when it comes to clothes. I like to have options. I’m working on this. I figure out the number of days I’ll be away so I can plan the right number of outfits. I tend to line up a bunch of options and then try to edit out extras.
Also important, make sure you pack a change of clothes (and in my case a bathing suit), and your medications in your carry-on!
I try to pack what I can in advance, crossing items off the list as they go in the suitcase. Anything that I’m going to be using until I leave (like my toothbrush) I make sure I highlight so I remember to pack them last minute.
So that’s my packing strategy. It’s not rocket science… just what works for me.
What are your packing tips and tricks?