Between now and our annual adventure in July, I'm pretty sure a zillion small things will pass through my mind, and I'll think, "Oh, I should remember to bring that on our trip!"
I'm actually planning to pack lightly, but there will still be a lot of little things. For example, I'll need to have a little laundry detergent for some sink-washing. And I'll want to have a deck of cards, a travel version of Scrabble and Boggle, and my journal. And my camera and some really good sunscreen (does anyone have an amazing natural brand to recommend?) and my sun hat and my sunglasses(!).
See, it's already happening. It's time to start a list.
The same thing happened when Matt and I were planning our wedding. We actually kept an ongoing list for seven months. That way, we were less likely to forget something. Every time something would occur to us (for me it's usually in the shower), we would add it to our list.
We kept the list in Excel and created two columns: Category & Item.
The category helped us group like items together:
- Welcome Picnic
- Ceremony Stuff
- Getting Ready
- Copies of ceremony programs
- Box to recycle bottles from ceremony drinks
- Emergency sewing kit
That list made our DIY wedding possible. Without it, we surely would have forgotten multiple things. (Which wouldn't have been a super-huge deal--we would still be married in the end!).
Whenever we were working on one part of the wedding--like writing the ceremony--we would push ourselves to think: What do we actually need to bring to make the ceremony happen? Then we would flip over to our list and add: our binder with the wedding ceremony script, our pot, the tree sapling, etc.
Sometimes I would just read through the list and force myself to think about anything else that needed to be added.
By the time we hit the T-minus one week mark, our list was complete, and we could put ourselves on auto-pilot. When it came time to pack the car, we just opened the list and started reading through it and checking off things.
In the end, I did forget to put one thing on the list (and therefore forgot to bring it): my bathing suit. No worries, I wear a lot of black camisoles under my clothing and a lot of black GAP bikini underwear. Black camisole + black underwear = a perfectly good hot tub bathing suit on the night of your wedding.
That reminds me. I'm adding "bikini" to my honeymoon list right now!