The more organised and capable parent probably packs for holidays several days in advace, gradually adding to the piles as clothes are processed through the laundry, carefully ensuring an adequate stock of medications and other essentials, and taking steps to ensure the house will be in a welcoming state on the family's return.
Me - well, I get rather flustered about the lunch guest who turned up with 20 minutes' warning; thankfully enough time to cook up some sausages but I think one chicken breast between four of us might have been better arranged. And whilst the more organised Mum probably has a house decent enough for people to see for the first time, I personally spend 20 minutes running around shovelling everything out of sight and trying to sweep up the cat litter which has inexplicably spread throughout the house.
Which means I then spend the afternoon trying to find the odd socks which have now been scattered far and wide, and then spend the evening videoing Little Fish rather than making a start on the packing.
So, I'm off to pack now. And to relieve the monotony, I'd like to invite you to join me in this packing game. I have in the last twelve months forgotten to pack various different medications (one per holiday), dressing gowns (less important but chilly), any clothes at all (Mog enjoyed shopping), catheters (oops), feed supplies, chargers, and on one occasion, a wheelchair. So, your predictions for what I may have forgotten would be very welcome.
We leave at lunchtime; huge helpful elf points to anyone who mentions something I have forgotten before that time and therefore reminds me before we go. And after lunch? Smug points for knowing you were right (with helpful elf points if you can find a solution which doesn't involve going home or spending the entire day queuing in a pharmacy somewhere).