If you travel enough, you quickly learn the value of developing habits. For example, the passport goes into the same pocket on your pack and your phone in its pocket or place, every time, all the time.
A seasoned traveler could be standing in the dark and know where everything is on their body without searching.
If something is suddenly missing, they know it, they sense it.
You do this every time, all the time, or you forget things at home, you fumble through airports and you make an easy target for pickpockets.
But, it’s like a muscle; use it or lose it. In the airport today, I lost it and was a hot mess. I haven’t traveled recently and broke all of my rules. I was that guy at check-in and that guy at security; I even left a lighter in my check-in bag.
Now I’m that guy rearranging his bags next to the gate…Ugh