6. I charge off without a charger
On this, I'm not alone. No matter what school you went to, how much money you make, whether you are Republican or Democrat, walking away from an outlet leaving your charger plugged in is an experience we all have had. Luckily, this happens on the other end of a trip as well, while travelers are packing up in a hotel room to go home. That means that most hotels (at all price points) have a shoebox full of every kind of charger that's been left in an outlet under a desk. In fact, at home now I keep the chargers from electronics past just in case my guests forget theirs. A Nokia cellphone charger from 2002? Got it!
7. I forget the travel-size hair spray
It's hard finding travel-size products abroad. And it breaks my heart to know that after I've spent 20 minutes doing my hair, without a nice finishing spray it will look like crap in five.
8. I think only warm thoughts about Florida
The Sunshine State can be miserably hot, but anything with four walls and a roof is air conditioned so aggressively that I'm often left wondering as I shiver through a meal at a restaurant: "Isn't this the weather you wanted to escape?" Lesson: Going to Florida? Bring a sweater, even in the hottest months.
9. I pack for dry land only
I don't really enjoy swimming, so I don't usually bring a bathing suit, but whenever I see a nice hotel pool I think what if ...?
10. I am unprepared for tipping
I never seem to have small bills at the beginning of my trip for the bellhop, or at the end for the housekeeper when I'm checking out. Each time it means an extra trip to the hotel desk to get change. Before a big trip we all head to the ATM, which dispenses only $20 bills, so start collecting those $1 and $5 bills a few days before you leave.
Samantha Brown, a TV host and blogger, is AARP's travel ambassador.
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