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Do you make a list of everything you'll need before packing for a holiday? Or do you just throw lots of things in a suitcase and hope you haven't forgotten anything?

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I used to be obsessive about planning what was needed and making extensive lists to ensure nothing was forgotten and every eventuality covered.... but since having my son, I just don't have time or energy for that kind of organisation, so I just throw everything into the suitcase and pray that I haven't forgotten anything important!
The only holidays I take are to my grandparents. I keep a list of all the clothes and toiletries I already have up there so I know what I do and don't need to take with me.
I Must make a list.
I can't function otherwise, and would leave something I really need at home.

We have one posted on the inside of the wardrobe door.
I always tell myself that I will write a list and then I get a few things on the list and run out of time / energy to worry about it. I figure that if I've forgotten something important we can just buy it when we get to where we are going.
That's the basis I work on but.... we're away right now, my phone has run out of battery, I've forgotten the charger..... and the phone is so old that I can't buy a charger anywhere :(
Oh no!!! I don't know what I'd do if I forgot the charger...that is pretty important!!
by lizzi
Yes, I'm pretty upset about it. I really needed to contact a friend last night by text and had to borrow my husband's iPhone which I find confusing... and I'm driving some distance today on my own and that seems quite dangerous to do without a phone for emergencies!
Sure do.
by Vee
Absolutely do! I can feel my stress levels rising just thinking about going somewhere without making a list first. That probably doesn't say anything good about me, but at least I rarely forget things I need (and I manage to pack lightly by being organised).
Yes, packing lightly is a great trick if you can manage it!
For me a list is a must when preparing for a holiday trip.
A list is essential. In fact I usually have several lists going such as - What I need to pack, what I need to buy before packing, Last minute items I need to pack on the day we are leaving, Jobs I need to do before leaving. I usually need another list to keep track of all my lists!
A list of lists lol now that is organised!
Yes. That way nothing's forgotten!

Could think of nothing worse than being on other side of the world, only to have forgotten some, small items like sewing kit, or eye shades!

Fortunately, thanks to lists which for me, begin being made at minus three months', have forgotten nothing in decades' of travelling by plane, train, bus, boat, & automobile!
What a beautiful cat! Aaaahhhh!
I always make a list for everything. Holidays, shopping or whatever, I need my faithful list.
Absolutely. And each item is crossed off as it goes in the backpack/case. As donjo said, I could think of nothing worse than being on the other side of the planet only to find I'd forgotten something vital! (P.S. love the photo!)
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