questionswhen you go on vacation do you ever remember to…

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Yes, but when I feel like I'm missing something I usually am.

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Very rarely. I make a "to pack" list to limit what I do forget. Since I'm also in charge of making sure the kid is properly packed and ready to go, sometimes I forget some of my own things while fussing over his. Usually it's more a case of not thinking to bring something I later find would be good to have, such as an umbrella, or maybe long pants for a cold night in an otherwise warm climate.

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Nope, never have, and probably never will. :P
Luckily most of the time the things I forget aren't too necessary.

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@luvche21: Like a toothbrush?? lol and who needs deodorant ? That stuff is over rated!

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After we were married, when my husband realized that I always forgot to pack basic items that I'd need (I used to do a lot of traveling), he made a list, and the night before I would head out, he'd check things off. I still have his list, and it's saved me headaches a thousand times (at least).

I also have some toiletry items that live in a small bag that remains with my luggage, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap (I hate hotel soaps), a hairbrush, and similar items. When possible, I duplicate the charger for any electronic items I use (cell phone and camera, for example).

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@jseureau: Like I said, teethbrushes and deodorant aren't too necessary lol

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I never do. But hey, if it helps me cut back on checking an extra bag...

And congratulations again on your engagement @gideonfrost!

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Rule #1 of vacationing... Always forget something, It makes you think creatively later.

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Now I feel abby normal, as I remember everything and I verify that everyone going on the trip has all their necessary items as well. I count every piece of clothing and ensure we have at least two chargers for all electronic devices (all 4 of us have the same devices, so I figure 2 chargers are enough). Everyone even carries a day's worth of spare clothes, travel size toiletries, and munchies in their backpacks, especially when we are flying. Can you say obsessive/compulsive? That's what my family say every trip we take.

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When I travel, there are two things I can be assured of:

1) I will take too much stuff.
2) I will forget something I need.

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I've been on vacations for some years now and I've learned from every single one of them.

1) Make a check-list before going on vacation, weeks before leaving.
2) Don't pack last minute.
3) Pack light and only what you really need. It's such a pain carrying a heavy load everywhere!

On my last trip to Asia last January, all I packed were four sets of clothes (shirt, undershirt, undies, shorts, socks), a computer, my iPhone 4s to take pictures, a first-aid kit, contact lenses and a flashlight. Yeah, that's pretty much it. That's all in a standard rolling luggage and a backpack. Didn't have to bother checking in anything into the airplane except for the ridiculously large box I was exporting with goodies.

Everything else that I need (toothbrush, shampoo, soap, etc) can easily be found in stores unless you're going to a completely rural area (aka jungles).

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@samstag: Ditto.

The only thing I can add that I have learned is that it's far far better to underpack, especially if you're going someplace where you will be buying souvenirs or other items to bring home. We've actually had to buy another piece of luggage for the return trip before! And why buy a new swimsuit for a trip to the beach if you KNOW that the beach shops will offer better deals and a better variety of swimsuits that you can get at home?

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We just came back from a mini-vacation up the coast. I KNEW it was going to get cold because we were going to be right on the water. I am ALWAYS cold. I like keeping our place at least 75 and when the boy's not looking, I'll punch it up higher.

My jackets and coats are hanging on the front door. I told myself I'd grab one on the way out (haven't needed one in L.A. for the past few weeks). Completely forgot it. Forgot a sweater. Forgot anything long sleeved! My boyfriend was incredulous—"How can you forget a jacket?! You're always cold!!!"

So I spent the weekend covering up all the cute sexy outfits I brought with his oversized, ragged hoodie. He, on the other hand, loved the low 70s weather with the brisk ocean breeze. Brrrr! Never again!

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I never forget anything, since my Rule is: "Take Half the Stuff and Twice the Money".

anything forgotten is just an opportunity to get out there and find it.

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No, but a checklist is critical. And the key to a good checklist is to make it ahead of time, not the day before packing. Start it while making the plans for your vacation. When I traveled a lot for business, I literally had a checklist taped to the inside wall of my closet and would add to it every time I forgot something.

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One time me and my boy scout troop went spelunking in a cave. I was a life scout at the time and had went on hundreds of camping trips all throughout my life. I put off packing till the last couple minutes before leaving since I was a "pro" at camping. After the 4 hour drive we arrived at the cave and started to unpack. After gathering my things, I suddenly realized that I didn't pack a sleeping bag. So instead of telling the leaders, who would've made fun of me for the rest of my life, I slept on the hard, cold ground of that cave with water continually dripping on my head for the three nights that we stayed there. It was horrible at night but during the day I did a good job making it look like I had a sleeping bag. And yes, it was totally worth it. No one knew until years later at my Eagle Scout Court of Honor I finally confessed to everyone.

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I ususally make a list before I go and try and check things off as I pack, and I have the list saved in excel so that helps. Though last time I took my Mom on a short trip (3 night in Atlantic City), she forgot her underwear, so we had to go shopping to buy new. I'll never let her live that one down.

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Add me to the checklist team. I'm a chronic overpacker so I have to write down everything first and go over it carefully. Otherwise I wind up with enough clothes for 2 weeks when Im only going away for two nights (it has happened).

I also keep the lists from specific trips (rented beach house, sailboat charter, etc) so I can reuse/refine over time as I repeat those vacations. This is especially handy for trips that require things in addition to clothes like linens, food, gear etc.

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It seems like I always forget sleepwear. Usually this isn't a big deal, but it was a bit awkward when I forgot to pack them on a business trip where I was rooming with a female coworker (I'm male).

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I have an Evernote note: Things I forgot to pack. I update that when I am on a trip and realize I forgot something. Then, before I pack for my next trip, i review that to make sure I at least don't forget the same things twice.

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@dave bug: Ooh I love that idea. I will have to try it out for my next trip. A better way to monitor/revise my packing lists.

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No, because I always overpack. Seriously overpack. I'm sure I'll need 5 different pairs of Vibrams, 4 black turtlenecks, 5 black t's, 4 black pants, 4 blue denim leggings, 3 blazers, 4 other shoes - inc. a pair of high heels (never wear them), an assortment of 10 more colors of turtlenecks, 10 more assorted colors of t's, all the sundries I can think of, various OTC painkillers, the microwave and a partridge in a pear tree. ...and much, much more.

Willingly paid for the extra suitcase charge. I do not seem to learn that 1) I only wear or use 1/4 of what I pack. 2) It's ridiculous lugging all of that around 3) If I did forget something critical I could buy it. Though, I have made others happy w/my excess. Gave a fellow traveler 2(!) different kinds of Tums. They couldn't be found in that country.

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Why, yes I do. Isn't that what lists are for? Except for that one ti- never mind.

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After many years as a volunteer with the youth group at my church I'm pretty good at packing everything that I need and everything that everyone else forgot, at least on trips where we're driving. I have to get a bit more selective when we fly.
I have a couple of different basic lists based on the type of trip it is, the season, etc. Those help out a lot. I repack my toiletries kit after I arrive home from a trip, so it's always ready to go. I do check it before each trip, but rarely have to add anything.
I have gotten better at not overpacking since I quit traveling for business. For business trips, especially multi-week ones, I found I was always taking things that it would be "nice to have". For while in the early 2000's I even took a VCR with me so that I could record tv shows that were on while I was working and watch them later, when I was bored in the hotel (I worked a lot of evening/night shifts).

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Yes. I write down what I need, and take it.

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@gmwhit: I am so that person too. That's why I have to have a list or I go completely out of control. For our honeymoon in Venice the bellhop actually upgraded our room for free because he thought our luggage wouldn't fit in the room we originally booked. That worked out pretty well :) He said "you need bigger room, you have too much luggage." My husband never fails to remind me.

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@mkdr: I love that you got a bigger room. Good job! Ignore your husband's 'reminders', it worked to your advantage. Never worked for me. :-( An aside: Haven't been to Venice, want to go. Was it lovely? Love Rome, Sorrento & maybe Tuscany (too cold when I was there).

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For vacation, I pack the night before. If I forget something, I didnt need it that badly. I'm on vacation, I wont stress over anything. It is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so why even stress over packing? Hasnt failed me yet!

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@gmwhit: it was amazing. We went in early April and it was a little chilly and rainy the whole time but still awesome. I'd love to go back and see more of Italy. I went to school for glass engineering (among other things) so the glass blowing in Murano was especially fascinating to me.