Traveling with Adult ADHD: Entertaining Packing Stories.

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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!

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  • Mayhem

    Hi again!

    Think really made me LOL..

    being newly diagnosed, i look back on all the funny ADHD-related stuff that has happened to me:

    missing my station, forgetting to pack underwear, packing waaay too much, packing 2 bags & having to pay for the second, putting valuable jewellery in check-in & losing it… the list goes on! & once my dad & i travelled together alone, & he’s verrry disorganized as well, let’s just say that trip was eventfully horrific!

    also.. i always pack stuff ‘in case of emergency’.. like 2 pairs of extra shoes & socks in the summers..

    but even before my diagnosis i started the lists approach..

    could u help on this one bit though.. even lists don’t prevent me from grabbing things at the last moment that i will probably won’t need & will end up losing.. i know that’s coz of impulsiveness, but what to do?

    thanks in advance

  • danarayburn

    Mayhem- This is where building your ADHD awareness plays a big part. Noticing those last minute grabs to stuff things in the suitcase that weren’t on your list and talking yourself out of it. If you were to watch a video of me packing you’d hear me saying, “No, Dana, No” while taking extra stuff out of my luggage. Hope this helps and thanks for writing. Here’s to your ADHD Success!

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