Remember this. You always forget something. The catch is to make sure it’s not something important like you’re purse, driver’s license, passport, or medicine.
I have showed up to the ticket counter at the airport, reached for my wallet and realized I had left my ENTIRE purse back home on the couch. The sickening feeling in my gut paralyzed me for several seconds. This was the last flight of the day and I had to get back to Kansas for school the next morning.
The attendant at the counter snapped me out of my stupor by actually checking me in without ID, and saying if I hurried back home, I could still make the flight. Clearly the moons were aligned that night as we headed back to Alexandria from Washington National Airport, then back again, and hit every green light with no traffic.
Once I got back to the airport, there was NO line in security and I had to literally sprint to the gate, but I made it - the last passenger on the plane, sweaty, out of breath, with everyone staring at me.
I’ve left my driver’s license back at home in a brilliant (not) attempt to sanitize my wallet of all items that I wouldn’t need in a foreign country, forgetting that we would be renting a car.
We show up to the rental counter and that’s when I noticed I had deliberately taken it out of my wallet. So my husband, having not followed my instructions to sanitize his wallet, had to do all the driving. I’ve forgotten my bathing suit, book to read, brush, toothbrush, makeup, shoes, headphones, the list is endless.
I finally realized that it is impossible to remember everything I need, especially when I am packing for the entire family. As you may have experienced, kids don’t remember much or plan in advance, but have definite opinions when they notice a favorite item missing. This usually occurs hours after you’ve already left.
Do I make lists? Absolutely I do. But I still always forget something. What I’ve come to understand is that I must prioritize the most important items, the show stoppers, and quit worrying about the rest.
Most likely, I can buy whatever it is there if I need it. However, a passport, wallet, phone, prescription medicine, my son’s phone, or my daughter’s bear, are not easy items to replace.
So I check, check, and recheck those items I’ve determined as critical and sensitive before I leave the house and before driving away. We are actually taught to do sensitive items checks in the military before leaving a location and upon arrival; it just took a while to apply that logic to my personal life.
Then hours or days later, the items I have forgotten make themselves known and it’s no big deal, maybe a slight inconvenience, but not catastrophic.
So the secret is to remember that you will always forget something.