I’ve been traveling several hundred thousand miles per year for nearly eight years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s how to pack. Not necessarily how to pack well, but rather how to pack fast. Really fast.
That applies both at home and at hotels. Sure, occasionally I’ll leave things behind on a plane (be it a laptop or my mom), but I’m usually not far down the jet bridge before I realize they’re missing. But I don’t think I’ve ever lost anything at a hotel… aside from socks.
On average I probably take a dozen pairs of socks on a trip, and return with maybe half of them, most of which I leave behind in hotel rooms. At the end of the day I usually just leave them on the floor, and I guess they somehow end up under the bed, in bed, or under furniture, and I end up not seeing them when I’m rushing to leave the hotel and catch a flight.
But I’ve finally found the solution. I’ve purchased socks that are labeled “L” and “R,” and my anal retentiveness won’t let me wear two “Ls” or two “Rs.”
Therefore I’ve forced myself to start “bunching” each pair of socks together at the end of the day when traveling.
It’s easy to lose one sock at a time, but much harder to miss two socks bunched together. Sorry Target, you’ll be getting a lot less of my sock business from hereon out!
Anyone else experience severe sock shrinkage when traveling?