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Dorothy Breininger is America’s Most Innovative Professional Organizer. She is an organizing expert on A&E Television’s Emmy-nominated weekly TV series, “Hoarders,” and also appears on the Today Show, the Dr. Phil Show, the VIEW, QVC and PBS, in addition to being featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and O Magazine.
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May 12, 2017
Vacation packing lists have changed since I was a kid. My small, 1970’s canvas, floral print, handheld suitcase contained a swim suit, shorts, tops, a jacket, sneakers, sandals, a comic book, a toothbrush, comb, stamps for postcards, and an instamatic camera plus film and flash cubes.Today’s packing lists for kids and parents are far more comprehensive – especially when it comes to our digital equipment:
Even with this daunting digital list, most of my clients seem to manage their digital packing with the same ease I did when packing my comic book and instamatic camera.
Yet – nearly all of my clients come back from vacations with the same horror story time after time: They say, “I was just getting ready to take a photo of __________ (insert: my daughter feeding the owl on a private rare bird tour at the zoo or my husband standing next to Taylor Swift and her entourage at Disneyland) – and my camera’s photo storage was full! I totally missed the moment.”
Forgetting all about their glorious moment, these moms and dads plunge into detailing the painful experience of their family disappointment, followed by how they stood in the roasting sun madly trying to decide and delete valuable photos under pressure so they could salvage some sort of marker of the event. Precious vacation hours and days are often lost to this photo faux pas. Here’s how you can avoid this.
Here are a few pre-vacation reminders to set yourself up for success:
Finally, if you are the type of person who likes to take oodles of vacation photos, be sure to check your phone each morning at breakfast or during your first cup of coffee and check your storage levels. You will accomplish two things: one, you can relive yesterday’s moments; and, two, verify that you have enough storage to capture the magic of your next big vacation day.