So you have arrived at your destination, be it vacation, business, visiting the kids, or whatever. And maybe you find yourself saying:
"Jeez, I forgot my undies and socks!"
"Oh no! No PJs!"
"Didn't bring my favorite plane snack."
"Rats! Forgot my favorite tea, and it's not available in stores around here."
I for one have done all the above on one trip or another. Had to buy undies and socks.
Had to buy PJs. Went without my snack, didn't have my tea.
"Fine", I said. "I'll create a nice printed list and check it off each time". But it was never complete, despite all the hand-entered things that I still forgot on prior trips. And I found myself speed-reading the thing and overlooking some items each time.
And then there's TSA. "What was I supposed to put in that little plastic bag?" Where can I put the items that will end up in my pockets once I'm declared 'innocent'?"
Then the Boss Tip came to me: Take a picture of all the stuff I actually pack!
I keep the picture on my smartphone and refer to it each time I drag out the suitcase. It works great!
I'm packed in 15-30 minutes, and don't have all those nagging thoughts "What else is there?"
"Am I forgetting something again?"
So you might try it. My pictures below show what an old man considers essential for travel. You younger folks, or you folks with small kids, will likely have your own version.
The Oregon cap
The plastic mesh container with small bottles for supplements and the travel tube of lotion
The mesh toiletries bag
Both of the canvas bags, including all the items shown on top of one of the canvas bags in the second picture.
Here's my carry-on backpack. NOTE: We have "TSA-pre" - the only way to fly!! So no little plastic bag.
Snacks and/or breakfast bars
Wallet/phone fanny pack
Small Passport card, in case they eventually require two forms of ID
Sunglasses in a case
Small bag of "Kleenix"
Eyedrops, nicotene gum, a couple of Bonine motion sickness tabs (just in case. . .)
(The baggie of Menthol tablets and Elderberry Zinc lozenges has been moved to my "checked" luggage. I put a couple of the Eldeberry Zinc tabs in the eyedrops baggie.)
Small notepad - in case the writer's muse strikes
MISSING: the aforementioned Hydroflask - gotta' take another picture!
And here's the items for my checked luggage.
PJs, underwear, socks
Flask carrier with strap (in case we go hiking)
Lightweight rain poncho, extra pants belt
"Oregon Ducks" cap, for sunny days
Extra shoes for around-the-house
Toiletries in the mesh bag - toothpaste, toothbrush, salt for gargling, nail clippers and related items, "Q-tips" in travel container, comb
Supplements bag (the plastic mesh container), along with ointments and lotions
Menthol tablets and Elderberry Zinc lozenges, if visiting the kids in the wintertime, along with extra "Nic" and eye drops
Extra snack bars
Greens mix container
Another empty Hydroflask, for teas and/or waters
Tube of hair shampoo
The empty canvas bag is for holding many of the above items for easy access during the visit.
The other canvas bag holds the items on top of it: bandages, yellow snake-bite kit (the kids live in Texas!), extra sunglasses, smart phone chargers, two flashlights (in black and grey bags)
Not shown in the picture: any extra shirts or pants (and books) that I choose to take.
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