Due to all the traveling that I do personally and, more so, for my job people assume that I am a good packer. That part is true. I am an excellent packer. I can pack quite a bit in an extremely small space and I am great at getting difficult items, like wine or liquor bottles, safely from point A to point B. However, being good at packing does extend itself to liking packing. I actually hate it. I also don't use the word hate lightly so you know how much I dislike it. It is only the packing from home to departure that his horrible not from the hotel or homestay to home; that is easy.
I generally postpone packing until the very last minute because of how much I despise it. I have thought about it and I think why I hate packing with such a passion is that it takes so long and you have to literally think about everything you use throughout the week and make sure you have some form of it or you will need to buy it. People will say "don't worry if you forget something because you can buy it there". However, that doesn't work if you live on a budget or if you travel international as much as I do because you can't afford to keep buying all you forget and/or you won't be able to find what you forgot since you can't figure out what it is in that language or they just don't have what you need.
Finally, the last frustrating aspect is I am packing things I am using so I either need to pack something or wait until the last minute to close my bag because I still need something. Some say I should have duplicates of everything because I won't need to do this but this doesn't make sense to me because some of those things are expensive like make-up, hair straighteners, etc. I definitely have refillable bottles of toiletries I keep stocked and filled as I can. I also try to make a list as well so I don't forget anything because there is nothing more frustrating when you have a two hour drive to the airport and halfway there you remember you forgot something. However, nothing takes away from the pain of packing especially when you do it so often.
If you have any tips I would love to hear them.
My question to all of you is what are your feelings on packing? Do you make a packing list? How far in advance to you pack? I would love to hear your packing stories.
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