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Q: Did you forget something? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Did you forget something?
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: mannyduh-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 17 Jul 2006 11:20 PDT
Expires: 16 Aug 2006 11:20 PDT
Question ID: 747103
What are the top 10 things people forget to bring to their hotel room on average?
This includes business trips, vacationing, and any other form of hotel stay.

I'd like to know the most common forgotten items in regards to any
polls taken, personal experience, and logical opinion.
Subject: Re: Did you forget something?
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2006 12:16 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I have gathered some information that I hope you'll find useful.

This list comes from Amy Martin, of Student Advantage Campus Services:

"Top 10 Things We Always Forget to Pack When We Travel:
 Alarm Clock
 Phone Numbers

University of Washington: OCM.....A Higher Degree of Service

"The top ten things people tend to forget when they travel.  
....courtesy of 

It?s been said that you will DEFINITELY forget your tickets if you
place them in a location designed to help you remember not to forget

We suggest keeping it with your tickets at all times. 

Extra Socks 
You don?t want to end up wearing the same pair of socks the entire trip. 

And yet, people do forget to pack this. 

The Right Kind of Shoes 
Think ahead. What are you traveling to and  what is the purpose of
your trip? While sneakers look fine on the plane, you would not want
to be stuck wearing them to a business meeting.

This is especially important if you are traveling overseas. Be sure to
carry currency that will be accepted at your travel destination.

If you are currently taking any prescription medication, we highly
recommend that in addition to bringing the medication itself, you also
take with a copy of the prescription in case you need to get it
refilled while you are traveling.

Important Contact Numbers 
Even though you are trying to get away from just about everything,
don't leave your address book/planner at home. Should an emergency
arise, you will need fast access to the person you need to call at
home for help. The last thing that you want to do in an emergency is
have to dig up a number.

You don?t want to neglect your teeth. If nothing else, avoid the
embarrassment of morning breath by ensuring that you?ve packed your

I.D. tags on your baggage 
This is perhaps one of the most important things. Baggage I.D. tags
are required. It is a good idea to place I.D. tags on and in your
baggage before you get to the check-in counter. Recognizable tags
assist in locating your luggage upon arrival and assists in returns if
your luggage is accidentally lost." newsgroup: Top Ten Things People Forget When They Travel

"A survey by British travel agency Thomson Holidays... found that one
in five travelers leaves toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrushes and
toothpaste behind. One in 10 forgets to bring shoes, and one in 20
leaves his or her entire suitcase at home...

-- Take Sommer Gentry, a graduate student from Cambridge, Mass. She
constantly forgets to bring disposable razors on her trips. 'I wish
that hotels would offer me a razor instead of 12 useless bottles of
lotion in the bathroom,' she grouses.

-- For Pat Griggs, it's something almost as humiliating as leaving
underwear: deodorant...

-- Of all the things Justin Wizard, a writer in Chloe, W.Va., has left
behind, he says his glasses were the most painful. 'My contact lenses
start to hurt after eight hours,' he says. Not having glasses forced
him to keep the dry corrective lenses in his eyes longer. Ouch! But
he's also forgotten to bring his shaver... and toothbrush."

Elliott's Travel Tips for Business Travel: Traveling? Don't forget me

"A survey conducted by Marks & Spencer Financial Services... Whilst
women are more guilty of overpacking, men were likely to forget
holiday essentials. Nearly a quarter of men omit to pack suntan
lotion, compared with 13% of women, while 17% forget their toothbrush.
Arriving in a foreign country without travel insurance is also a
popular mistake with 17% of people 'forgetting' to insure themselves."

This Is Travel: Don't forget your toothbrush

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: travel OR trip OR vacation OR hotel forget OR
forgotten OR "left behind"

I hope this helps! If anything is unclear or incomplete, please
request clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before
you rate my answer.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2006 12:41 PDT
One thing I would add to the lists above: feminine products. Tampons
or pads are easily forgotten while packing. There are few things as
upsetting as arriving at a vacation destination and suddenly needing

Request for Answer Clarification by mannyduh-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:00 PDT
Thanks so much for your great answer! It was very detailed and
understandable. One thing though, and I'm sorry I didn't include this
in my question, by forgotten items I mean buyable items that you can
purchase should you forget them.

Your answer is quite sufficient though, but anymore help would be great.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:06 PDT
I don't quite understand your clarification about "buyable items." The
first list, for example:

 Alarm Clock
 Phone Numbers

With the possible exception of a camera, everything on the list is
inexpensive and likely to be bought by a vacationer who has left the
item behind. Can you give an example of the kind of "buyable items"
you have in mind? I'll try to refocus my search if I can.


Request for Answer Clarification by mannyduh-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:11 PDT
When I say "buyable" I mean anything you can purchase at a store. For
instance, you can't buy phone numbers, a passport, cash, nor your
luggage ID tags. Maybe another 4 or 5 of the top forgotten "buyable"
items that you can find. I will def. tip you and give you a great
rating. Your answer so far is great.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:22 PDT
How about these items?

Dental floss
Styptic pencil (for shaving cuts)
Chapstick or other lip balm
Reading glasses (for us old folks)
Nail file & nail clippers
Insect repellant (if the destination is tropical)
Wet wipes
Imodium (or other anti-diarrhea treatment)
Breath mints


Request for Answer Clarification by mannyduh-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:24 PDT
Def. more than I needed. Thanks so much for the outstanding answer.
Question answered fully and quickly. Thanks again.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:29 PDT
Thank you very much for the kind words, the five stars, and the nice tip!

mannyduh-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Great answer. Exceeded expectations.

Subject: Re: Did you forget something?
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:11 PDT
Most of the first top ten items Pink listed were things that can be
bought most places.

The true problems are the other items, including:

the right necktie for the occasion, and CUFFLINKS!  
Someone should sell platinum cufflinks that look like a rebent
paperclip, so that my "ersatz" ones look upmarket.
Subject: Re: Did you forget something?
From: crabcakes-ga on 17 Jul 2006 13:20 PDT
Great answer Pinkfreud!

Some people (me) may also forget to bring an ethernet cable for the
laptop, as some hotels don't have working wireless internet

Some people (me again) may forget a cell phone charger.

Hotels that cater to business people could have a universal phone
charger in the room, and a hard-wired ethernet cable.

I also appreciate finding a hair-dryer in a hotel room.

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