My Series of Unfortunate Packing Mistakes

My Year of Adventure ~ Week # 39

For the year of 2017, I have chosen to have a Year of Adventure!  For me this means trying new experiences, going new places and meeting new people!  This past week was definitely full of adventure – new experiences, new places and new people.  But, on top of all of that, I discovered that I made several serious packing mistakes!

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!

Packing Mistakes to avoid


Avoid These 5 Packing Mistakes

I’ve compiled a list of the 5 big mistakes I made and this helps you when packing a suitcase for your next adventure!  So, here we go…

  1.  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!

  2. 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…

  3. Forgot Water

    If you’ve ever flown, you probably know how important it is to bring water with you on a flight.  Especially on 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 small cups of water from the flight attendant on my flight, it wasn’t nearly what I would have drank if I had brought my own bottle!  As a result, I started my weekend off feeling dehydrated!

  4. Didn’t check flight information before heading out

    Flying 101: check your flight information the day before flying!!  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.

  5. No pillow for long flight

    I felt this mistake on the way home (my red-eye flight) rather than the flight out.  I have a fantastic blow up pillow that I love taking on flights with me.  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.

Avoid My Packing Mistakes!

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).  If you’d like to download this FREE Packing List, just click here!

Packing List

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  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!