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Once upon a time, packing was a nightmare! How would I remember all our stuff? What if I forgot something important? Then Red Chief came along and we moved away, and we started traveling more frequently. I started feeling very stressed every time we had to travel, because I just knew we would forget something important.
Then I had a lightbulb. Why not just write down everything that we might possibly want to take, store it on the computer, and print it out every time we have to go somewhere? The next time we took a trip, I was so much more relaxed. Using the list, I was able to check things off as I packed them, and I knew we had what we needed.
I have to admit that my list is several pages long. There are pages for clothes and personal items, baby things, and camping things. I might not pack everything every time, but I keep it all on the list.
The list system has solved most of my problems, even though I still dislike packing. The only hitch we've had since is the time I left Red Chief's bag of clothes behind in his bedroom. Oops.
How do you pack?