OCD Pre-Trip Checklists
The night before I depart for any trip usually goes as follows:
There’s still room in this suitcase. Maybe one more shirt….
I can’t forget my passport. Crap! Where is my passport? (Discovered 15 minutes later, safely stashed in the secure pocket of my briefcase.)
Do I need this client file? I shouldn’t, but nothing guarantees that they’ll have an urgent issue quite like being out of the office. Pack it.
Are these shoes waterproof?
Can I walk all day in these boots? Where are the emergency blister bandages? I need to stash some of those in my bag.
Did I set my out-of-office message? Yes, but I didn’t update the text from my last trip. No need to wish everyone a happy new year in March.
Kindle or iPad?
I did pack my passport, right? (Double checks.)
To bypass all of this anxiety, I make lists. Lots of lists. There are post-its strategically positioned everywhere, reminding me of everything from umbrellas to adapter plugs. Nothing will be forgotten.
It’s going to be a quiet week in Bettyland, kids. I’ll be skulking around Europe for the next week and a half, looking for interesting recipes as I go.
Be good to each other, and let me know your greatest pre-trip neuroses in the comments.