We have a pack list
a before you drive check list
and a setting up check list.
The what to bring/pack check list is the only one we have on computer.
We print that one and mark it off as we are packing/loading the trailer.
The before you drive check list is printed and laminated but to be honest
I don't use it as much after all this time. I DO a walk around every time
and my wife usually does one after me!
2 points to you--
1st get a note pad and pen
-- you WILL forget stuff from time to time.
Write it down! Update your pack list on occasion.
Anything that needs attention back home gets written down too.
2nd just like the pilot you mention- DO A WALK AROUND B 4 you turn
that key in the ignition!
I once tried to pull out with a rear jack down! Bad move.
I followed a huge bunkhouse 5th wheel for several miles with his
TV antenna up. Every time we went thru a tunnel or under an overpass
I cringed but had no way to pass or signal him.
A walk around would have saved both those from happening.