Packing Lists: Do They Work?

     There is no better time than the present to post about packing lists. I am 20 days away from my trip to Greece and only 92 days away from a trip to Thailand. Throw in the fall season, so I'll be preparing for the holiday season, since there won't be time to do that once I get back from Thailand, so you guessed it, packing lists!

The Key For My Electronics...

     Packing lists are the absolute key to making sure that you do not forget anything on your trips. At least for me they have been, but accidents happen. With my upcoming trips, I am taking more camera gear than ever before because I am bringing my GoPro Karma Drone. Im hoping to get a ton of awesome footage to make some really cool videos with, so the drone is going. This also means that there is more stuff to pack and even less room to fit it all in. While I have my basic GoPro Packing List, the one I will actually be using is a little more specific, and allows me to remind myself where everything is in the bag, so it makes double checking the bag way easier. This is especially important since I usually stay at my Moms hour the night before trips, she can usually drive me into the airport, so that means I don't have to pay for parking (yay!) but it also means that I could always forget something at my apartment, or even worse, while double checking my bag I could forget something at her house, and that would be embarrassing to do.

Useful for Clothes...

     While a packing list may seem like overkill for your clothing, it really isn't. There is always the chance that you somehow forget something. I would know this from experience when I almost forgot my windbreaker/raincoat when leaving for Costa Rica. Remember how I usually go to my Moms the night before, well yeah that saved me because she spotted it laying across the room when I was leaving. The other great thing about packing lists for clothes, is if there are some items that you can pack super early, like for me if I am traveling somewhere warm in December, I can usually pack shorts in October since it starts getting colder here, I can have a list already made of what I packed, or where it is in the bag. That means I don't need to unpack my back four times just to see what I have, but beware if you're prone to taking stuff out of the bag and not putting it back, which is why I wouldn't recommend putting all of your shirts in the bag early, they are likely to be taken out and never returned.

A Good Warning Sign...

     This may work for some people, but packing lists can also be a great tool to help you realize that maybe your suitcase is too small, or that there is no way you're going carryon only for this trip. If you write down everything you want to bring, and then by the time you're done putting your shorts in the bag its full, you will have a pretty good idea that you're going to need a bigger bag. While that may seem like common sense or something that you should be able to realize without  having a list, the list being there in writing as a constant reminder that you still need to fit eight shirts, 15 pairs of socks and a pair of shoes in the bag still, will likely raise some red flags. Plus you won't forget your shoes.

 

     Personally, I love packing lists because they really do make life easier, and if there is one thing I like, its being organized with my travel stuff. It helps you stress out less so you can enjoy the trip a little more.