Recently, I was invited to a beach weekend with a group of my friends. In my excitement I completely forgot to pack some pretty crucial items. I mean underwear and toothbrush crucial. Fortunately, you can buy underwear and toothbrushes anywhere these days! However, I would could have saved myself a huge amount of hassle (and a little bit of money) if I had a go-to packing list for occasions like this.
This winter when I was flying all over the country interviewing for jobs I had a specific interview packing list. It included the clothing for my pre-interview dinner, and my interview, as well as the toiletries and other specific items that I would need. This list made packing very easy, and it allowed me to feel secure knowing that I had not forgotten anything.
The beach trip made me painfully aware of how little I can trust my own brain to remember even important things. So, with that experience behind me, I am setting out to try to ensure that it never happens again. Here is my beach trip packing list:
A weekend beach trip:
casual outfits for lounging around
dressier outfits for going out
shampoo/conditioner/hair product/hair ties
cell phone/cell phone charger
tea bags (I am not a coffee drinker, so I take tea bags with me pretty much everywhere.)
I have easily adapted this list to help pack for weekend trips to visit my family. I removed all of the beachy items (sunscreen, bathing suits) and added church clothing. Also, I keep a running pile in my house of things to return to my mom. That “return-to-mom” pile is also on my list. I have saved both of these lists into my Google Docs and will reference it from now on when I am packing for a trip.