Friday, April 16, 2010

friday five: let's pack!

At RevGals Songbird writes: I'm preparing to pack my bags for the Big Event Three, and as I gather what I need I'm thinking about just that: what do I *need* to take with me? As a person who likes to pack light, I worry that in the end I may underpack and wish I had other things with me. I own the gigantor version of the bag to the right, but my morbid fear of having it go astray and not get to the ship means I'm more likely to try to pack it all in a carry-on bag instead, especially since I have a very tight connection on the way to the cruise. But won't I be sorry if I don't bring _______________?With that in mind, here are five questions about packing to go on a trip.

Dang! I just unpacked from a few days away--wish I'd thought to take a picture! A wise person once suggested that when planning a trip one should always take half as many clothes and twice as much money as you think you need. I am occasionally able to heed that advice.

1) Some fold, some roll and some simply fling into the bag. What's your technique for packing clothes?
Fold. I'm something of a "master packer," so I maximize space everywhere: closets, drawers, suitcases. Occasionally that means rolling, too.

2) The tight regulations about carrying liquids on planes makes packing complicated. What might we find in your quart-size bag? Ever lose a liquid that was too big?
I've never taken a quart-sized bag, so I'm not sure what would be in it.

3) What's something you can't imagine leaving at home?
My camera.

4) Do you have a bag with wheels?
I do!

5) What's your favorite reading material for a non-driving trip (plane, train, bus, ship)?
A mystery. Something by Janet Evanovich, Patricia Cornwell, Nevada Barr.

We leave on Monday for our annual spring trip to our family tree farm, AND for our son's wedding next weekend.  Can't wait for both parts of our time away.


Deb said...

OOOHhhh... forgot my camera! Of course!!!!! I have to go check out the authors you listed. I look forward to a vacation without theology textbooks! ;)

RevDrKate said...

Camera-check! Mine needs new batteries, thanks for the reminder. My favorite mystery authors, too.

Muthah+ said...

have a wonderful time with your family. Weddings are fun if it is family.

The Bug said...

I love all those authors - although I haven't read any Patricia Cornwell in years. You might like Dana Stabenow too - she's kind of like Nevada Barr, but set in Alaska.

Songbird said...

I love that graphic! It reminds me of a card I once gave to my husband, with the inscription:
"I may have baggage...
but at least it's cute and matching!"

Terri (AKA Mompriest) said...

my zip lock bag holds shampoo, conditioner, nail polish, perfume, foundation, lotion, hand sanitizer, hair gel/spray, toothpaste...

now, off to make my list of these new authors...

Jules said...

Have a wonderful time, dear Anne and a safe journey!

Jayne said...

I always end up taking more clothes than I need, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I suppose I'll need to learn to perfect the ziplock bag for our trip to Ireland in June!

Have a very wonderful time away at Melrose and at that very special event in Jr's life!

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