10 Moms Share the Must-Haves They Forgot to Pack on Vacation

10 Moms Share the Must-Haves They Forgot to Pack on Vacation

You won’t believe the essential items these moms missed on their packing lists!

By Lorraine Allen

Mommy brain. Ugh! It can get the best of us, some days. Personally -- not going to lie -- I feel like I’ve been partially lost in a mommy fog for over half a decade at this point!

We’re tired. We have a million things on our plates. We have countless to-do lists that are all endless, and mostly urgent. It’s only natural that we forget things sometimes. Even simple, essential things. Yes, even when packing to go on vacation!

Here’s my super-embarrassing mom confession of the day: When we left for our first family vacation ever, with our then-toddler, I had been packing compulsively and excitedly for SO long, and I was in such a rush to get out the door and on that plane to sunny Florida, that I realized in horror, halfway to the airport, that I was wearing my wooly winter slippers instead of actual shoes! I had no shoes! In February! We had to turn back but thankfully all ended well, because I had insisted we leave two hours early. Close one! But I still have to laugh about that major mistake. Here, 10 other moms share the most important things they have forgotten to pack.

1. “We got to our hotel, and I was unpacking a million things for everyone, and I realized suddenly that I had packed NOTHING for myself other than shirts and bras. No pants, no socks, no underwear even!” -- Kira, mom of 3, New Jersey

2. “My 2-year-old twins’ loveys and pacifiers. Left them in the car. Wow, what a major mistake!” -- Ava, mom of 2, New York

3. “I forgot my diaper BAG. The entire bag! And I kept everything important in there. Even my wallet sometimes -- but luckily not that day!” -- Caroline, mom of 2, California

4. “All the kids’ mittens, hats, scarves, and ski goggles. They were all in one bag together, with one helmet, too. Ugh! We had to buy new ones.” -- Sally, mom of 3, New York

5. “My toiletry case with my medicine and my kid’s. Total disaster.” -- Freya, mom of one, New York

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6. “I would have to say the worst was when we traveled halfway around the world to see my in-laws with the kids for the holidays, for the first time, and I forgot the huge bag with ALL the presents we had bought them – including things my kids had made in school – at the airport. So they were lost forever. What a waste. And it was embarrassing too!” -- Christina, mom of 2, New Jersey

7. “We were going to a wedding, and our daughter was going to be the flower girl. I can’t tell you how excited she was, for MONTHS. The dress was so beautiful too, but I forgot it, because I wanted to leave it hanging up as long as possible to not wrinkle it in the suitcase! We had to call this weird neighbor we barely knew and have them hire a locksmith to basically get into our house – creepy – and get the dress, and send it overnight, which cost a fortune. It was bad – I almost ruined the wedding!” -- Luisa, mom of 3, Texas

8. “I forgot the passports. Yup. I can’t even talk about it. It was terrible. One of my lowest mom moments, ever. I thought I might be having a complete nervous breakdown right at the airport.” -- Fiona, mom of 2, Washington, D.C.

9. “I actually went to the airport on the wrong day. So, you could say I forgot to pack my brain. HA! I was traveling alone, for work, for the first time ever. (It was a new job.) And I was so nervous that I read the date wrong. I was supposed to leave on a Sunday, but went on the Saturday instead. At least I was a day early instead of a day too late!” -- Bea, mom of 2, New York

10. “My work and laptop. It sounds awful, but I had to work over the holiday and -- don’t ask me how -- I guess I was so excited for the vacation that I just left it all on the dining table. We had to go back and get it all. We barely made the train! It was really stressful!” -- Mary Jane, mom of 4, New Jersey

What’s the most important thing you’ve ever forgotten to pack?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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