What Things to Pack for a Trip & What Mistakes to Avoid!
This past week was definitely full of adventure – new experiences, new places and new people. And, on top of all of that, I discovered that I made several serious packing mistakes! So, I’m going to share 5 Tips to avoid my packing mistakes so you’ll know what things to pack for a trip next time you head out!
On Friday morning, just a few days after Hurricane Irma blew through our state, I was on a plane headed to Portland, Oregon. I had never been to Portland, so I was very excited to be going. I was going to meet with a group of bloggers who are all taking a blogging course together. This conference was to encourage and help all of us on our blogging journeys. It was a lot of fun to meet in person a lot of fellow bloggers that I had met online.
Thankfully my packing mistakes didn’t ruin the rest of my weekend, but they definitely were felt throughout the weekend!
Avoid These 5 Packing Mistakes
I’ve compiled a list of the 5 big mistakes I made and this helps you know what things to pack for a trip for your next adventure! So, here we go…
Wait until the last minute to pack
Typically I pack my bags to go on a trip several days ahead of time. This gives me time to double check everything! This trip, because of extenuating circumstances (Hurricane Irma) I didn’t have the luxury of packing ahead of time. The week prior to the hurricane was incredibly busy and stressful trying to get ready for the hurricane. Here’s a link to that post. The bottom line is because I wound up waiting until the last minute to pack, I made a series of unfortunate packing mistakes. Even being a veteran packer…I still screwed it all up!
Didn’t make a list
This might just be the biggest of all my mistakes! I am a huge fan of lists!! But, because of all the distractions prior to this trip, it didn’t even occur to me to make a list?! I never would have thought it possible that I wouldn’t think to make a list. But, there ya go! And, because I didn’t make a list, I forgot my hairbrush (yikes), my moisturizer (ugh), and I over packed my clothes! Lesson learned!! I hope anyway…
If you’ve ever flown, you probably know one of the most important things to pack for a trip is water! Especially for a long flight. Well, along with all those other things, I forgot to bring a water bottle with me for this flight. And, not only did I forget to bring a water bottle, but I didn’t have time to stop and buy one at the airport (you’ll hear about that next). So, while I was able to get a couple of small cups of water from the flight attendant on my flight, it wasn’t nearly what I would have drunk if I had brought my own bottle! As a result, I started my weekend feeling dehydrated!
Didn’t check flight information before heading out
Flying 101: check your flight information the day before flying!! A serious rookie mistake that almost cost me my flight! Apparently, between the time I booked my flight and the time I flew, the airlines changed their schedule. This isn’t unusual for airlines to make changes, but it was unusual for me to not notice the changes. Even when I checked in online the day before flying, I didn’t notice the change?! Thankfully, on the way to the airport, I did notice that my flight time changed to an hour earlier!!
Somehow, I got through that airport amazingly fast that morning! And thankfully, I didn’t have to check any luggage, so I went straight to security, to the tram that takes you across the airport to the gates, and all the way down to the gate. I had 15 minutes to spare when I stepped onto the plane. So, because of that mistake (not checking my timing), I didn’t have any water or coffee or breakfast that morning. But, because we had left early ~ I did actually make my flight.
No pillow for the long flight
I felt this mistake on the way home (my red-eye flight) rather than the flight out. One of my favorite things to pack for a trip, especially a long trip, is my blow-up pillow. When I don’t need it, it folds up very small and fits in my carry-on. And, when I do need it, I can control how much I blow it up. For some reason, the microfiber pillows always seem just a little too big and awkward for me. So, I really love my blow up pillow and was really missing it on my flight home.
What Things to Pack for a Trip!
So, now you know the sad tale of my Series of Unfortunate Packing Mistakes! I hope that by posting this you can learn from and avoid these mistakes! To aid in this, I have created a Packing List (which I promise I’ll be using next time) to help know what things to pack for a trip next time we go. If you’d like to download this FREE Packing List, just click here!
Packing Mistakes to Avoid
* Don’t wait until the last minute
* Bring a favorite water bottle to fill
* Check flight info early
* Bring a pillow for a long flight
* Have a Packing List! (you can grab mine here)
A Few of My Favorite Things…
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Becki is the author and founder of A Book Lover’s Adventures. She has a degree in elementary education, has worked and volunteered in libraries for years, and spent several years in the travel industry. All of this has led to a love of books and travel. Becki loves to share her love by finding literary escapes to share!
You really have a great post here with common mistakes travelers do. I am also a list maker and I have an ultimate alphabetical packing list that is good for ANY flight or road trip. It’s like my Bible for packing. LOL I also love your tip about bringing water or at least a refillable bottle since you have to throw your liquid out a lot of times before boarding.
Guilty last minute packer, but I do use a list. I did not know the airlines would move the time of your filght. I do not fly very often.
I am such a last minute packer now. I need to use these tips so I don’t forget things.
Good points! I am guilty of being a last minute packer! Hahah.
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Thanks so much, Stephanie!! That really means a lot 🙂
Hubby is a last minute packer whereas I love a list and packing like a week or two before hand hahah!
Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!
I use to be the WORST last minute packer!! Now I make sure I am fully packed at least a full day in advance, with my list of the things that have to wait until the day of (tooth brush, etc), sitting on top of the suitcase so I don’t forget them that morning. What a great list!! I still constantly forget the water!
Thanks Melanie! I like your idea of leaving the last few items on top of your suitcase so you don’t forget them. I might just borrow that idea from you 🙂
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