I’ve been travelling all my life. From literally a few weeks old. I guess my parents did my packing at first. But for decades I’ve been doing my own. And I am still rubbish, that is to say, inefficient at it. I don’t like doing it, and I dither and take hours, even though I have a detailed list.
At one stage many years ago I had a Kombi van – and I had most of my gear for camping in plastic rubbish bins permanently stored in the van. Friday night after I got home it was just a matter of grabbing some food and heading off into the country for the weekend. That worked OK.
Usually I start packing a couple of days before the trip, just in case I find there is something I have to buy, or foreign currency I should change. A problem is that there are some things that I only have one of, and those I am using right up until I leave – electric razor, phone charger etc.
So I am trying something new. I have modified my packing list so that I have a three sections: A prepacked section of things I will always take – which requires buying some duplicates such as an extra toothbrush and so on; a packing section of what I must pack for this trip – and this would vary depending on the weather etc.; and a last minute section which I will pack 15 minutes before I leave, as I cannot have duplicate phone chargers etc.
This is my list for the trip to Sri Lanka – reclassified with my new system. I used everything I took, and wasn’t lacking anything.
|toothbrush||UK triple adapter||upants||mossie repellant|
|hair gel||USB-micro USB cord||shoes||driving licence|
|deo||usb sd card reader||t-shirts||money -USD|
|soap||SD-micro-SD adapter||belt||debit card|
|tissues||USB mob charge cord||day pack||credit card|
|nail clippers||MY plastic 2 prong||trousers||glasses|
|sink plug OR||paper|
|plastic bag for wash||travel insurance card||directions||mobile charger|
|laundry detergent||passport copy||plane/train tkt||mobile|
|toilet paper||passport photo||maps||tablet|
|spoon etc.||money pouch||light book||tab charger|
|ziplock bags||umbrella||itinerary print||eBooks|
|piri kari powder||sunglasses||music|
|cotton buds||bag weigher||cam charger|
|towel||Replace or top up any prepack items|
|eye mask||Return all pre pack items to their container|