Growing up, we went to a NY state park for a week in the summer. We would stay in a cabin which had 2 rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom on front screened-in porch, toilet only. There were hiking trails, a lake with diving boards and a swim area. The park also had family activities in the morning and evening on certain days. I always enjoyed going. Now, as an adult, I realize what my mom had to do to get us there.
The cabin was bare and only had cold water, which means we had to bring EVERYTHING. So in addition to everyone’s clothes and shoes, my mom had to pack blankets, pillows, bath towels, soap, napkins, dish cleaner, dish towels, bug spray, flashlights, plates, cups, pots/pans, cutlery etc. She also premade meals for the week since there was nowhere to eat-out. Then somehow, all the stuff and the 5 of us (plus the dog) would pile into the car for the 4 1/2 hour drive to the park.
Years later when my family was talking about those trips, I asked my mom how she managed to pack and remember everything. She told me she had a list. After each trip she would add to it if she needed to so the following year she would remember. She said: ”It was a lot of work getting packed and out the door, but once we were on the road I could relax.”
I have never taken on a trip that involved that much preparation, but I have created my own travel list. It includes items that I always need and don't want to forget. It also has things I need to do before I leave town. The list has saved me time and lessened the stress I feel about traveling.
My wish is that any travel you are doing will be hassle free and truly enjoyable!