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!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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!)