Day 3514: What I forgot to pack

Whenever I pack for a trip, I make many decisions about what to take and what to leave behind. Rather than get too caught up in perfectionism about that, I remind myself that no matter what I forget to pack, I can always adapt. At the same time, I make sure that I have my medication, my identification, a device so I can blog and tweet, and layers of clothing to wear no matter what the weather.

Yesterday, when I was packing for my trip to Portland, I couldn’t decide whether to take a portable music keyboard. I packed it, took it out, and then repacked it again.

On the way to the airport, I talked to my Lyft driver about that nagging feeling that I had forgotten SOMETHING. He related to that, mentioning a toothbrush as something he had forgotten to pack in previous travels.

When I was on board the plane, I felt pretty secure I had everything I needed for the ride, including masks, something to read, and snacks (especially useful because the airline announced that only people who had reserved food over a week ago could get any). After my friend Maria picked me up at the Portland airport and I got settled in her lovely home, I realized, as usual, that there was one thing I had forgotten to pack.

Let’s see if my readers can guess what that might be, as they look through the images in today’s blog.

Happy National Pack Rat Day (which seems somehow appropriate as I post about packing). And by the way, I didn’t pack walnuts, cherry cobbler, or a graduation tassel and I’m not in Idaho, but I’m okay with all that.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what I forgot to pack.”

Hint: I didn’t pack everything on her list and she didn’t have what I forgot on hers.

Don’t forget to comment with your thoughts about this what-I-forgot-to-pack post and thanks to all who help me blog every day (no matter where in the world I am), including YOU!

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14 thoughts on “Day 3514: What I forgot to pack

  1. OK I give up!

  2. it was either Joan, the uke, or your laptop cord, using my old ‘clue’ game skills.

  3. I would have guessed “toothbrush” but I don’t think there’s one of those in your blog every day. Maybe the Daily Bitch Calendar.
    I try to be early no matter where I go. Once I was late to a party because I was so early I went and wandered around a nearby park and lost track of the time.

  4. I’m wondering if the Daily Bitch Calendar has morphed into an online version for you to post during your vacation, Ann? Or knowing you, a new paper one has already been purchased in Portland!

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