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.