Happiness is a Toothbrush and Toothpaste

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By Val
@valmnz (12574)
New Zealand
August 12, 2017 12:55am CST
I thought I had bag packing for a few days away all sorted. I have a permanent checklist, one that I nearly know off by heart. Rarely do I leave anything behind. But on a recent trip down to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, my system let me down. I forgot to pack my toothbrush and toothpaste. At first it was as if the world had ended and my problem solving skills abandoned me! However, by next morning, even though I was staying in an inner city hotel, I realised there was a small supermarket nearby. I got up early and wound my way through the early morning pedestrian rush hour to go and purchase my essential needs. I can't imagine what those dressed appropriately for a day's work in the city thought of my casual appearance. But, before long I was back at the hotel, armed with a new toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. I was ready to face the day. My happiness was complete.
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@LadyDuck (113398)
• Switzerland
12 Aug
I see we have the similar habit to keep a permanent list of things to pack for travels. I never forgot the toothbrush and toothpaste, but once I forgot the night slippers of my husband.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
12 Aug
Oh wow, how did he respond to that?
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@LadyDuck (113398)
• Switzerland
12 Aug
@valmnz He was not very happy, I went to a big store the day after and we found a pair of those slippers to use when coming out of the shower, better than nothing.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
12 Aug
@LadyDuck I imagine you never did that again
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@nomus24g (15099)
• India
12 Aug
"Happiness" is very much individualistic and perspective driven....
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
12 Aug
... and changes from day to day
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@nomus24g (15099)
• India
12 Aug
@valmnz yes, right....
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Aug
Many hotels have emergency supplies at the desk I have found. I visited my daughter this weekend and forgot my whole shaving kit, toothbrush and all. Fortunately, she had spares.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
14 Aug
Yes, I'd forgotten about that util my son reminded me!
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@PatZAnthony (11721)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Aug
We always seem to be missing something even though we have a great list to follow. Such things can happen!
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
14 Aug
So annoying!
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@jstory07 (56147)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Aug
All that matters was you were back at the hotel with your tooth brush and tooth paste in hand.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
12 Aug
Isn't it funny how such small things can seem so important!
@allknowing (54688)
• India
13 Aug
Next time do not panic. Just use some salt and rub it on with your fingers. It will do as a good a job as a toothpaste. I am told salt is coming back and added to toothpastes. Our ancestors used it and their teeth had no issues.
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• China
12 Aug
Before I was retired,my job entailed a lot of travelling.I also had a checklist on what I had to carry,though I didn't have a memmory like a sieve."The palest ink is better than the best memory."
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@JudyEv (92033)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep
Toiletries are things you need at the last minute and are often the last thing to be packed - or not packed as the case may be.
@DianneN (54877)
• United States
13 Aug
I also keep a permanent list, but once forgot my toothbrush. The hotel concierge sent one to our room gratis, but the tip was more than the toothbrush cost! lol
@Tampa_girl7 (21034)
• United States
12 Aug
Most American hotels have both the brush and paste if you ask for them. There is no charge.
@just4him (85286)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Aug
It can be annoying to forget essential items for a trip. I've done it and found myself at the store too.
• United States
12 Aug
Yes, it is the little things. When we flew home from our honeymoon we got stuck overnight in North Carolina. The airlines put us up at a hotel and gave us $30 each to cover dinner and breakfast. However, we had to use most of our money on necessities - like toothbrush/paste and I had to buy contact lense case and solution and a few other necessities.
@hereandthere (21897)
• Philippines
12 Aug
thankfully, it's something that you can easily buy and quite cheap. i always make a shopping list on my phone as well as other errands, but sometimes i feel confident i've memorized it and don't look at it, then realize i forgot to do something or buy something when i get home.
@mandala100 (24198)
• Hong Kong
12 Aug
@valmnz It's good that you were able to purchase your toothbrush and toothpaste early in the morning.
@xFiacre (10126)
• Ireland
12 Aug
@valmnz Isn't there always something?
@silvermist (15385)
• India
12 Aug
Only when such things happen,we come to realize how important these '' small things '' are .Of course,this has happened to me too.
@vsai2008 (7632)
• India
12 Aug
Glad you had a supermarket nearby, I too have a habit of checking everything more than once whenever I travel. But forgetting few things is sometimes inevitable :)