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Problems with packing

I’ve been spending a lot of time in hotels over the past few weeks.

Here’s why….

At the beginning of March, I took up a new job role as news editor in the Northeast, I’ve got to say, I’m loving the new challenge so far.

My new job means I work away three days a week spending two nights in a hotel in Newcastle (what a city!).

I’ve also been spending it like Beckham and had a few weekends away.

You’d think I’d be pretty good at packing, unfortunately, I’m not.

I have not managed a single trip without forgetting something, ever.

I have dozens of emergency toothbrushes I’ve had to buy; I’ve forgotten to pack bikinis for holidays, there was the time I packed two pairs of bikini bottoms but no top and the festival where I didn’t take coat.

I had hoped that my new job would force me to be more organised but no, so far, it has not done that.

I haven’t had to buy an emergency toothbrush yet but there’s plenty I’ve forgotten, and I’ve left a trail of belongings in my wake too, here’s the list….


May not sound a big deal to most people but, I work in radio, earphones are pretty key to my job.


I stayed in Manchester after my leaving do, traveling over, I was smugly patting myself on the back for having packed toothpaste and a toothbrush when it dawned on me that I hadn’t packed any underwear, cue mad dash to Tesco. I honestly find this the most baffling, I normally pack knickers like I’m expecting to have multiple accidents. 


I left a dress hung up in a wardrobe in the Lake District…. didn’t realise for hours. Manager kindly posted it back. This is why I normally NEVER unpack fully, lesson learnt.

Silicon shower loofa

Left stuck to the wall in a shower somewhere. Don’t know if it was left in Newcastle or York.


Week two in Newcastle had hair straighteners but no brush. Spent three days using a bulldog clip to brush my hair.

Moisturiser/face cream

I’m trying to stick to a proper skin care routine, it’s not going well, I keep forgetting to pack various creams and potions.


Left both at home, ended up wandering around York freezing. Yes, I could have bought some, I made my choice, I’ll stand by it.


One phone charger donated to the hotel and then swiftly liberated half an hour later.

Walking socks

Actually, quite a few items of walking gear didn’t make it into the bag for our walking weekend in the Lake District despite me insisting that I’d packed everything.

I’m hoping I’ll soon be able to break the habit of a lifetime and learn to pack for a few nights away without having to go on an emergency dash around a supermarket to pick up the things I’ve forgotten.

I’d love to be able crack this, I’d love to be more organised in my personal life, I’ll let you know if I succeed.

One thing I’ve never forgotten, running gear. Number of runs completed…, for the first time this morning.

Wish me luck xxx

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Journalist, writer, traveller, music lover, collector of hats, news addict, bookworm

23 thoughts on “Problems with packing Leave a comment

  1. I think we’ve all been in situations like while travelling! I remember camping once without a pillow to sleep on! The biggest tip I’ve learned as one who normally travels several times a year is to have an extra set of toiletries/makeup always ready to grab. Thanks for sharing your experience and best wishes on new adventures!


  2. It happens to all of us. I bought new pillows and loved them. Less than a month after getting them, I took one away with me and left it behind. It wasn’t worth having them post it back, so now I have a buy another one. I even have a list, and still forget things.


  3. Congratulations on the new job role! That sounds super exciting, especially with the travel. When it comes to packing, I think we either over pack or under pack and forget things. Thank goodness there are always stores around for us to pick up things we’ve missed! I have a list in my phone of basic things to pack and I’m always adding to it. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. Haha, I enjoyed reading this. I used to travel too often so I had created a routine for all the “must” items I had to pack first. After Covid that I do not travel that often I always seem to forget something. I just try it is not something I cannot live without. Yes, I have even flied without my ID or passport. Thank God I had my driving licence with me and it was not an international flight.

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  5. I’m not quite as bad as you, but I’ve also left things. A really nice bra, son’s waterproof trousers (returned by the house owners), and I’ve quite frequently forgotten to take my medication on short breaks

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    • Packing in plenty of time rather than a rush doesn’t help me either – I feel all smug then realise there’s loads I haven’t picked up 🤦🏻‍♀️


  6. Congrats on the new job role – that sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve definitely been there with packing, I’m pretty sure I once forgot my shoes – which are pretty important! I’ve started using packing lists now and they’re a total lifesaver! Thanks for sharing x


  7. Congratulations on the new job, it must be exciting! Glad to hear I am not the only one forgetting things. Having list to pack and unpack has been really helpful x


  8. Yes, packing is really challenging but good to learn that you have managed! Congratulations on your new position; I’m sure it’s great! I’m relieved to learn that I’m not the only one who forgets stuff. Having a packing and unpacking list has been quite beneficial.

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  9. This used to happen to me far too often when I was travelling for work. In most countries it was easy to solve the problem of stuff that I’d forgotten though trying to buy foundation in China to match my skin tone was a challenge. My worst experience de was landing in Mumbai to realise I had left my purse with all my credit cards at the coffee shop back in Heathrow.

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      • It was certainly a big worry. If I hadn’t been able to call on a colleague in India for help, I think I’d have just curled up in a ball at the airport and howled


  10. Haha, chargers are a common one, aren’t they? I always think I’ve packed everything, even after double-checking, then realising later that I didn’t bring the charger home. I even forgot my book once, which kinda sucked since I was so into the story by then. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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