We've gotten so good at traveling that – for the longest time – we were in the habit of packing the day before leaving (sometimes the day of). A couple of years ago, we realized how stupid that is, so we started to get in the routine of packing two days before hitting the road.
You never know what'll happen, right? We might need that extra day to run out for toothpaste, or whatever.
The other day, we left Seattle for a short getaway and ended up packing about 30 minutes before leaving. You know where this is going.
On the road, when we pulled out one of our laptops (that we use only for travel) at a coffee shop, we found that it was 100% dead. We then spent a couple of days on our already short adventure hovering around the Apple store in Portland, dealing with the problem.
I can honestly say this was the first time that we didn't even take the time to open our laptops to plug them in before taking off. Had we done that, we would have known.
If we were off on one of our international adventures, the impact on our ability to run our business would have been devastating. I guess we were supposed to learn this lesson with only mild discomfort.
And I guess we're going to go back to being smart about packing ahead of time so that things like this will surface before leaving.
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. –Alexander Graham Bell