How to Never Forget to Pack Anything

Let’s be honest here, we all hate packing. It’s one of the necessary evils of moving or traveling. We can’t go anywhere unless we pack the necessary pieces. But, who wants to spend their time on the laborious task of packing all their belongings? This is often the part people dread most about a vacation or a house move, but there’s no way around it.

All you can do is to come up with ideas and techniques that will help you to make the process less arduous. You need to make sure you pack in an efficient way, as well as not forgetting to pack anything important. Take a look at these ideas and use them to help you achieve the perfect packing skills. 

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Pack in Advance

One of the big mistakes a lot of people make when it comes to packing is that they leave it until the last minute, which is the best way to panic and rush and miss things that are important. You need to leave plenty of time to pack in a stress-free way and make sure you get everything you need packed. The best way to do this is to pack well in advance and be prepared. If you’re just taking a weekend break, you might be fine with packing the night before. If you’re packing for a longer trip, it might be worth doing bits of packing gradually over the weeks building up to it. The best thing to do is to start with things you won’t need to use or wear on a daily basis. Then you can add the other things at a later point.

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Empty all Cabinets

Emptying cabinets is essential for making sure you haven’t forgotten anything. This is probably going to end up being more of an issue when you’re packing to come home. It’s very easy to leave an item of clothing in or on a cabinet and forget about it. That’s why you need to do what you can to scour all the drawers, cabinets and cupboards to ensure you have cleared them out. When you have checked one and made sure it’s clear it might be a good idea to keep the cabinets open. This will indicate to you that you have checked it and that everything is alright. You also need to check the cupboards and cabinets in the bathroom as well as the bedroom. The last thing you want is to leave something important behind.

Look Under the Bed

It’s also important that you check the bed as well. Because we only use the bed for sleeping, it can be easy to forget that stuff gets lost there. Make sure you check through your bedding to ensure there are no rogue socks trapped in there. Then you need to turn your attention to underneath the bed. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be the kind of person who leaves your case under the bed when you get to your room. This is a great way of saving space and making sure you’re more organized. But, it also means there is a likelihood that you will find stuff falling or dropping out. Check under the bed to make sure nothing has been left there. You won’t have the chance to do this once you leave.

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Write a List

A technique you might find very helpful is to make a list of all the things you want or need to pack. This way you have some sort of structure, and you’ll be able to ensure you pack away what is necessary. A list makes things a bit clearer as it gets them down on paper and stops you overlooking things. And the other great thing about it is that you can use the same list when you’re packing up to leave. That way you will know if there’s anything missing, and you can account for stuff that needs to be packed at a later point. Write a list by hand, and also make a copy on your phone so you can refer to it in the event that you lose or misplace the list.

Go Through the List/Final Spot Check

Next, you need to try to make sure you go through everything on the list. Hopefully, you have sorted the list by sections so you have some clarity. Now is the time to go through each section and route out the items one by one. This is the best way of making sure you are thorough. It might seem like it takes a long time doing it this way, but it’s important that you make use of the list. You need to make sure you have everything, and this is the only way you can be meticulous. Use the same principal when packing up to come home. You also need to carry out a final spot check of the room and every surface. The last thing you want is to leave something important behind. Do a final spot check when you get up in the morning so it’s fresh in your mind.