I’m forgetful. I’m also a bit unorganized. Even making lists doesn’t always save me from forgetting something crucial on my travels. What’s the one thing that everyone remembers to pack that would be ridiculous to forget?
I’ve forgotten it.
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First: Almost an International Nightmare
On our first international trip with kids, we went house hunting in Mexico. We were almost to the airport and my husband asked, “Did you pack the kids’ tablets?”
Horror washed over me as I replied, “No. Did you?”
“No, I forgot.”
At the time, it seemed like one of the worst things to forget. We were counting on them to entertain the kids when they got bored with the house hunting. All of us got through it somehow!
Second: Not-so-minty fresh
On the same trip, I also forgot to pack my toothbrush and toothpaste. While crucial, a toothbrush is easy and inexpensive to replace. Once we got home from Mexico, I realized we’d left my daughter’s sneakers in the hotel room.
While in Puerto Vallarta, I realized that I’d forgotten my shampoo. Luckily, beach hair don’t care!
I cared enough to go buy more shampoo.
Fourth: Sun protection for the beach
I forgot to pack sunscreen and sunhats for our trip to Ixtapa, Mexico. Since it was December, I skipped the sunhats and easily remedied our lack of sunscreen with a visit to our resort’s gift shop. We also stayed out of the high midday sun.
Fifth: The mother of all ridiculous things to forget to pack
When we went to Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, I forgot to pack my clothes.
I couldn’t believe it, either. With two kids helping me, I knew something would be overlooked. However, though they unpacked our bags two times, I did manage to pack my underthings. Luckily, that was a short overnight trip, so it wasn’t a big deal.
That one time I remembered everything
When I realized our beach trip to Ixtapa, Mexico was almost back-to-back with our first USA home visit, I decided I must be more organized. I used one laundry basket for each trip and I packed well in advance. It helped that I was packing for beach weather for the first trip and winter weather for the second. I managed to remember everything I wanted to bring to Ohio.
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve forgotten while traveling?