I’m sure we’ve all been there before: You park at a mall or grocery store or airport or theatre and you come out, whether it’s 30 minutes or three hours later, and you can’t remember where you parked your car. It’s happened to me countless times and the other day, it happened to my wife in the Target parking lot. RELATED: The Truth About Hotel Room Key Cards
You know the feeling … you’re standing in the middle of the parking lot, turning in circles, looking around and muttering under your breath, “I know I parked somewhere around here.”
Before the pandemic, I was traveling so much that I sometimes forgot what my hotel room number was.
Heck, even when I wasn’t traveling so much, I still had embarrassing encounters, like the time I went to LAX for a media event and came back and thought for sure someone had stolen my car. I had remembered the parking level and number but after having a security guy help me, he finally said, “Could it be in the structure next door?” The parking structures are attached and the buildings are identical, as are the parking space numbers.
After that incident, I now always take a quick picture of my hotel room door or my parking spot number with my phone. If you’re parked in a really large parking structure, like at at the airport or at a stadium, also take a photo of the column or section you’re parked in. It’s so simple, and yet it can save you so much time and frustration.
And since almost everyone always has their phone on them, you can take pictures of all kinds of things to help jog your memory. By nature, I document everything. I mean, everything. Just ask my wife. She often laughs at the things I take pictures of but countless times, she’s asked me a question about something and I’ve been able to refer back to my photos for the answer. Once, after returning home from a long trip, we thought we might have forgotten one of the kids’ travel strollers but a quick search through my photos showed that we had it with us when we arrived home. Anyhow, my point is to take photos of anything you might want to refer back to later. Here’s another related tip: How a Simple Picture Can Prevent Headaches and Hassles if an Airline Loses Your Bag
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