Packing for a long trip can be stressful. Even if you have everything planned out with all kinds of lists, it's still easy to think you're forgetting something. Instead of simply keeping a running list of items you need, Psychology Today suggests you just start packing early.
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If you're always remembering things you need and then forgetting about them almost immediately — just pack everything right away. Psychology Today explains:
When I have a trip coming up, my mind wanders to things I need to bring. Instead of struggling to push out the thought and then struggling to recall it later, I pack the item immediately. If it can't be packed until the last minute, I keep it on a last-minute list. I have thus freed myself from panic before trips, and self-flagellation on arrival. More important, I've freed up the mental workspace that gets wasted when you keep trying to forget things at one moment and remember them at another. I do this with all kinds of future projects: instead of worrying about forgetting, I just do it in advance.
It's arguable if this is any better than just keeping a packing list of items you need, but perhaps the prolonged packing period will work for some people.
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