Holiday ChecklistAny time you take a trip, you have to put together a list of what you need to do to get ready, a list of what you need to pack, and even a list of things you have to do as you’re walking out the door. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that list-making process automated?

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, a holiday checklist service, does just that. When you first log in to the site, you pick the type of trip you’ll be going on (business, beach, etc.). From there, the site helps you create your packing list and to-do list in just a few minutes. The best part about this automated system is that forgetting to put even small items on your packing list is a thing of the past. It might just be possible to make it through a trip without having to run down to the lobby gift shop in search of toiletries.

The price for Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush is just right: free. You will need to provide your name and email address, along with setting up a password, in order to access the site. From there, it’s just a matter of going through the site’s list-making system. Once your list is completed, you’ll be able to print off your list. You’ll also receive reminder emails in the weeks leading up to your trip — that feature can be edited.

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Screenshot

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Screenshot

The actual list-making system employed by Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush allows for quite a bit of customization. You are presented with a list of options and you get to choose which tasks actually make it on to your list. For instance, for your advanced preparations, you can add any or all of the following:

  • Check your passports are valid
  • Book holiday rental car
  • Arrange a house sitter/key holder
  • Book a kennel for your pet

You probably won’t need to complete all of those steps — if you don’t have a dog, I doubt you need a kennel. But the system makes it very easy to customize. The same goes for the site’s packing list options.

Having this sort of list in hand makes it easier for other people to help you get ready for your trip. Whether your spouse is checking off a few items or you outsourced a step or two to a virtual assistant, knowing exactly what needs to get done makes the process go much faster.

The Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush site is a bit British. One holiday checklist item, for example, reminds you to feed your budgie, which is British vernacular for parakeet. English speakers shouldn’t have any trouble picking up the British terms, however, so I can’t imagine you’ll forget something critical because the site threw an unfamiliar British term at you.

The only major question I’m left with after looking at Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush website is whether there’s an easy way to combine the task lists the site creates with any productivity system a user already has in place. If you use Getting Things Done (GTD) or another system, it seems like you’d need to copy your vacation prep list into your existing system.

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