Traveling with Adult ADHD: Entertaining Packing Stories.
The many stories about traveling with Adult ADHD are definitely entertaining. Many of us have a amusing story or two to share about a calamity we’ve faced while traveling. With Adult ADHD on board, travel can get interesting. Especially when it comes to packing a suitcase.
My last ADD Success blog post: ADHD and Travel: Why Packing for a Trip Challenges ADHD Adults, prompted Rick, a former ADHD Coaching Client, to send me this email:
Hi Dana–Right on! I have at one time or another forgotten just about everything. I now keep a packing list in each suitcase, which, of course, I often lose, so it is also easily found on my computer desktop. My best packing story is that at 6 AM my wife was dropping me off at the airport, and when exiting the car, I said to her, “These jeans feel strange.” She replied, “That’s because they’re mine!” And, I hadn’t packed any other pants.
I too have learned the hard way about the perils of traveling with Adult ADHD.
Here’s one of my stories.
Once, many years ago before my ADD diagnosis when I was newly married, my husband and I had arranged the trip of a lifetime to Tahiti. I had the trip preparations planned perfectly, or so I thought.
I was going to pack the night before our dawn flight. Makes sense, right?
Except, our flight to Tahiti was moved a whole day early to avoid an airline strike. Of course I hadn’t prepared a thing for the trip.
To make it worse, it was during my corporate days and since I was stuck at work leading a huge systems training session I had to go straight from my office to the airport.
The only way we could make our flight was for my ever-patient husband to pack my luggage for me. Good thing I didn’t need much more than bathing suits, shorts and coverups for our vacation!
That’s probably why to this day Scott gets nervous about my approach to trip packing since I still don’t actually pack my suitcase until the last minute. However, what he doesn’t know is I now do lots of planning before hand. Usually I have most everything ready to go at least a couple of days before we leave.
I’ll spare you the story about the time I forgot my wallet….
Or, the time I forgot to pack my shoes and had only slippers to wear…
You can say one thing about traveling with Adult ADHD. It’s rarely boring!