Whenever I travel, I have two traditions. First, I call or text my dad and tell him when my flight is and ask him when I should leave for the airport. The thing is, I know what time he will say every time. There is no algorithm. But it’s tradition. After years of living on my own and asking him, he finally asked me why I did it. Tradition, I proclaimed.
The second thing I do is call my mother, after I have packed, and ask my mom to run through a checklist. Yes, I am an adult. Or I am pretending to be. Unlike the call to my dad, my mom usually reminds me of things I have forgotten. Do you have deodorant, she asks. Undies? Sometimes it’s socks. Or shampoo and conditioner. I never forget the same thing. Once I forgot pajamas. And a lot of the time, I wake up the night before and scribble things down that I think I have forgotten. Needless to say, I sleep so well that night before.
So I finally made an all encompassing list (and one for you too; see the link below). And when I was finished, I ran it past my mom because she is the Packing Princess. Yes, it is tailored to my needs but I also tried to make it more general (For example, I don’t wear glasses and contacts anymore. Lasik was the best thing I ever did). I also tried to make it between seasons and left plenty of room for you to add your own items. Anything you don’t need simply cross out. I went back and forth with my mom: I left her idea of a travel umbrella but told her I wasn’t going to put down a travel poncho (in her defense, there have been several vacations where we felt like we were in the rainforest).
Also note that if you are traveling internationally, you’ll need adapters for your technology. And I always find it best to have euros before I leave because of the exchange rate.
Click here for your packing list, already set up for you to print out in black and white or color.
All I can say is that I will definitely be using this on my upcoming trips and I hope you will too. If you have suggestions, please let me know. I really enjoyed making something I know I will use and hopefully you will too.
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