I have always had problems with packing for longer trips. Usually I have started packing just hours before the actual departure. It has happened quite often that I left an item or two at home. If by a strange coincidence I didn't forget anything, I was nervous for at least a couple of days afterwards. I just had an annoying feeling that there must be something I have forgotten. Can anyone relate to that?
The photo is showing the state of our apartment after me and my girlfriend unpacked our stuff (not all of it is visible) from the car after a three week camping trip to Corsica. Try to pack that much stuff without forgetting anything. Would you believe all of this stuff was driving around in a Renault 5?
It was years ago, when a friend of mine gave me a great idea. Why not make a couple of simple Excel tables with items needed to be packed in my luggage.
I have come down to just a few travel checklists: summer camping at the seaside, summer holidays in a hotel, mountain hiking, sailing, skiing and one for business travels.
Of course all of the mentioned lists change each time according to some specifics. You also need to take into account your needs (e.g. if you regularly take some kind of medicine, you shouldn’t forget to pack it). Even I check the list every time I use it and add an item or two if necessary.
Here is a skiing checklist which I used for this months one week long trip to Italian Dolomites.
|GSM & charger||1||Y|
|Digital camera & charger||1||Y|
|MP3 Music CDs||20||N|
|Swiss army knife||1||Y|
|Board & card games||3||Y|
|Pen & paper||1||Y|
|Skis & ski-sticks||1||Y|
|Ski suit (jacket & pants)||1||Y|
|Socks & stockings||6||Y|
|Backpack (25 l)||1||Y|
|Bag with toilet set||1||Y|
|Lip gloss (protective)||1||Y|
|Medicine (pills, plasters, etc.)||n||Y|
|Food & drinks for the road||n||Y|
If you think there is something missing, please do post it in a comment.