“That’ll be $20.83, ma’am.”
For two pairs of underpants? Seriously? Dumbfounded, I handed over my credit card and shook my head. I can’t believe I was that person – the one that had to buy skivvies at the airport.
I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I forgot to pack the right number of clothing. Especially underwear. And while I pride myself on packing the perfect suitcase in 5 minutes, I got sloppy this time around.
It never used to be this way. When I first started my job and traveling nonstop, my packing process resembled the Tasmanian Devil in the classic Looney Tunes. I whirled around my room, throwing a fury of clothing, shoes, and toiletries into my bag. 9 times out of 10, I was sitting on my suitcase to close it. Too heavy to lift, I shamefully checked my suitcase in all my flights – even the ones for a weekend.
Yep – I was that girl.
The first iteration of a “packing list” was a basic spreadsheet, where I wrote out everything I needed for a basic 3-day trip. Over time, I started tweaking the sheet to have it spit out the requisite number of undergarments, clothing items, and the like for various trips. Packing became easy - I’d plug and chug my days traveling, decided if I felt like wearing a suit or a dress, and got my bag packed in under 10 minutes.
And once my husband started traveling constantly for his job (he’s in consulting and travels EVERY week), I tweaked my list and shared it with him. We now have “who can pack faster” contests, because that’s what constantly traveling couples do.
When I started working with clients on helping them pack for their trips, I’d use the spreadsheet to help design their personalized packing lists. See a pattern forming?
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