If you’re following me @MariucaMPG on Twitter, you may have caught my disappointed tweet when I arrived in Johor Bahru (JB) last weekend only to discover that I’ve forgotten to pack a bottle of perfume for the trip. That was so unlike me because I’d usually bring at least 3 different scents when travelling, no matter the distance.
I guess I took for granted that a 4-hour drive to JB won’t require much planning or packing. Domestic road trips seem less stressful so I figured it wouldn't matter if I started packing a mere two hours before leaving. I chucked some necessary clothing, toiletries, my VAIO, my HDD Movie Box (for entertainment) inside my small suitcase and totally overlooked my perfumes!
Not only that, I also forgot to pack my new bath products from Lush, which I’ve been dying to use! I had placed the box inside the fridge to keep my bath products cool and completely forgot to pop the box inside my suitcase before leaving home!
So what’s the moral of the story? Never ever pack for any trip at the very last minute, which is something I’m prone to doing. Somehow packing is always the last thing on my list when preparing for a trip. First thing of importance is booking our hotel or accommodation of course. Whether it’s a local hotel in JB or some fancy apartments in Venice I ensure our accommodation is taken care of first.
Only when our accommodation is secured will I start thinking of my personal budget for a particular trip. I usually need some cash in hand and then it’s deciding which of my credit cards to bring along.
Then, it’s time to tidy up our condo. I try to leave our home spotless so when we return, we won’t be greeted with a mess. The cats come next and they too need to be sent for boarding while we’re away. Of course, the Pet Hotel we send them to is nothing like the beautiful Venice apartments you see online but it’s a great place to make sure our kids are safe and taken care of during our absence.
After all the above has been fulfilled, only then will I start packing! With so many things to do before the actual act of packing, it’s no wonder I forgot to pack my perfume right?
Anyway, here are some pictures of our hotel in JB. I was too upset about forgetting my perfume and Lush stuff to take photos, so I only snapped a few!
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