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Photo: iJeab (Shutterstock) Do you have something you’re always forgetting to bring on your travels? For a while I was always forgetting to bring a purse on work trips—I always had a laptop bag, but who wants to carry that just to go out to dinner?—and I keep forgetting to bring a screwdriver when I go camping, to detach the little handle my favorite campground puts on their bundles of firewood. The best way to make sure you don’t make that packing mistake again is to make a packing list—after you return home. Whether that initial list was in a google doc (good for you!) or a scrap of paper you’ve already lost (oops), now is the perfect time to make yourself a bulletproof list for next time. You can even do it on the plane on the way home. Have a standing packing list Reusing a packing list from one trip to the next is a classic hack. Joan Didion reportedly kept one on the inside of her closet door for reporting trips on short notice; it included clothes (two outfits), toiletries, cigarettes, bourbon, a typewriter, and a mohair throw. I keep different packing lists for different types of trips. I go on work trips, where I need nice clothes and a laptop; family vacations, where the list has to include stuff for the kids; camping trips, which of course require tons of easy-to-forget gear; and trips to weightlifting meets, which have their own unique requirements. It doesn’t […]