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Traveling with ADHD (Day 27)

Posted by Mindy Katz on October 27, 2015 in Flourish with ADHD, Tips & Tools |

20151024_072731Every time I set out on a trip, one of my first thoughts is “I wonder what I’ve forgotten.”

I have needed to use more hotel toothbrushes than I’d care to count. I’ve had to get prescriptions transferred, “borrow” a t-shirt from my husband to use as PJs and most embarrassingly, I’ve had to shop for some intimate apparel.

Time also can be an issue for me when traveling. I have to check and recheck departure times. I need to calculate the time to leave the house. I have to recalculate the time so that I can include an allowance for the time needed to run back to the house to retrieve a forgotten item. And when flying, there is always the dreaded layover, not enough time or too much time.

I’m usually set for important things, like something I would need for a presentation. The mundane things like socks, underwear and toothbrushes are more likely to get overlooked.

You can imagine what happens when I change time zones.

These are some of the ways ADHD shows up in my life. After years of self recrimination, I accept that this is how I work. I make checklists, I start pulling things together in advance and I send myself reminders to make sure I remember things like refilling prescriptions ahead of time. I have developed a packing routine for medication and toiletries, clothes and accessories, technology and papers.

However the best tool and strategy is two-fold: first, find out where the nearest CVS and Walmart stores are at my destination and, second, to laugh.

Stuff is going to happen so we might as well enjoy the ride. Frustrating yes, but I get past it much easier these days.

I just arrived in Florida for a visit with my folks, can’t wait to unpack and see what’s missing. Lucky for me, whatever it is, I can borrow some of theirs.

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5 Comments

  • Michelle says:

    Great post about how something like ADD shows up in the everyday details. I love your savvy “accept yourself” message! So important!

  • Dee says:

    Packing usually equals S-T-R-E-S-S for me! I am excited about my upcoming trip to my first CHADD conference — I love to travel but hate to pack. It involves DECISION MAKING (what to bring clothes-wise and NOT over pack), MINDFULLNESS (being aware of what is on my lists and adjust for the trip as needed, and TIME MANAGEMENT (not telling myself I have lots of time to get this all together and leaving too much for the last minute). These are things I struggle with but in order to do better and alleviate stress, I know I need to be AWARE of my past experience and make changes to how I have done this in the past. After that, for all the rest there is Mastercard!

    How to change it up:

    Look on line for packing tips by the experts and take tips from others who travel often and know it does not have to be perfect but just good enough for the trip.

    PAUSE and look over my list of “staples” early on and often and add/delete as needed.

    When I find myself thinking I have plenty of time, use that as a cue to STOP and look at my lists to stay on track and address time-sensitive tasks AHEAD OF TIME, such as meds!

    I can’t keep doing the same thing expecting a different outcome!

    Great topic and appropriate timing for me ~ Thanks, Mindy!

  • Dee says:

    Packing usually equals S-T-R-E-S-S for me! I am excited about my upcoming trip to my first CHADD conference — I love to travel but hate to pack. It involves DECISION MAKING (what to bring clothes-wise and NOT over pack), MINDFULLNESS (being aware of what is on my lists and adjust for the trip as needed, and TIME MANAGEMENT (not telling myself I have lots of time to get this all together and leaving too much for the last minute). These are things I struggle with but in order to do better and alleviate stress, I know I need to be AWARE of my past experience and make changes to how I have done this in the past. After that, for all the rest there is Mastercard!

    How to change it up:

    Look on line for packing tips by the experts and take tips from others who travel often and know it does not have to be perfect but just good enough for the trip.

    PAUSE and look over my list of “staples” early on and often and add/delete as needed.

    When I find myself thinking I have plenty of time, use that as a cue to STOP and look at my lists to stay on track and address time-sensitive tasks AHEAD OF TIME, such as meds!

    I can’t keep doing the same things expecting different outcome!

    Great topic and appropriate timing for me ~ Thanks, Mindy!

  • My sister has a checklist before she leaves on a trip “passport, tickets, money” because that’s all you need. Anything else you forgot you can buy there.

    I think the important thing is to be able to laugh about it and carry on 🙂

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