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Oct 20th 2009 12:58PM Packing lists are critical, I find. I give one to my clients that includes notes about quirks of place we're visiting.
Like you, I cross off things as they go into the bag.
I also create a separate To Do list each week before I travel with all the things I have to remember to do before I leave. Plus a separate "Don't Forget To" list ...put out garbage, cancel newspaper, turn off water, etc., etc.
Maybe because I'm a pretty loosey-goosey person in my day-to-day life I've found that these kinds of lists really have saved my bacon many, many times.
Aug 12th 2009 12:35AM Hiya
Clearly you are a Canadian writing about dollar stores. Here's something that's always puzzled me: ever wonder why they aren't called 'Loonie Bins'?? ...sorry, couldn't resist a bad joke!
But seriously, I absolutely agree with your points. I'm also glad to hear about the battery thing. I've always been leery but will now add them to my bin on my next visit.
It is actually quite funny to go to much higher priced 'gift' shops and come across exactly the same merchandise as my local $ store is carrying and being expected to fork over 4-5 times as much money.
Good article. Thanks.