I simply made some "master travel lists". I originally made one list for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter. Here is a sample of my Summer list.
I take a current close-up photo of each dog just in case we are separated. I take these photos not more than one week prior to the trip. This would be a good idea if you have children too.
I make a separate list for my husband and anyone else going.
Not more than one week prior to the trip I take a photo of each person going, including myself (separate photo for each) and keep them in my purse.
Also, about a week or so before the trip I take this list, and print a separate list which is kept on the fridge and to which I add any incidentals (gifts, or whatever) to take. I check off each item as I put it into the suitcases or the car or my purse. Then the night before the trip, I go back with this list and double check everything.
Many of these items are always kept in a bin labeled "Travel". This way all I have to do is refer to my list and pull out the needed items. This list sounds extensive, but it's really not once I start gathering it all together. Much of it is things that I normally carry with me daily.
I made up these "master lists" long before any scheduled trip. That way I was able to go back through them slowly and customize them so they are more realistic for my needs.
This gives you the idea. And like I said, it can be altered to fit each person's needs. But I used to forget things every time I took a trip. Since I started keeping this list (I laminated the list and keep it inside my "Travel" bin), I have never forgotten a thing.
By Cricket from NC
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