Thursday, July 9, 2009

True Confessions

I don't travel much. And there's a reason why. I have a weird routine I must follow before I can leave the house with suitcases in hand. First, I must clean my entire house (in case a robber breaks in - I don't want him to think we are slobs). Next, I must wash, dry, and iron every item of clothing in the laundry hamper (I will be packing some of the items and the others will be waiting for me when I return - all neat and tidy).

Then, there is the packing. I am an over-packer. A "just-in-case" packer. A "in case I get bored on the trip" packer. A "what if I need a snack" packer. For someone who likes to organize and simplify, I am an absolute travel wreck. Right now I'm trying to decide what to pack for a week long trip to Arizona (Grand Canyon) and Texas to visit family. I haven't been on an airplane in 22 years. My husband wants us to travel using only carry-on luggage. Is he serious? What if I get bored? What if I need a snack? What if. . . So I'm doing a dress rehearsal with the carry-on luggage. I'm packing my clothes in 2 1/2 gallon ziploc bags so I can squeeze the air out to make more room. So much for ironing my clothes. I've purchased all of the itty bitty bottles of beauty stuff so I can get through security. But, by far, the hardest part is paring down the shoes I want to bring. I do love my cute shoes.

In a week, I'll let you know how I did.


  1. That sounds like me packing! But what if there is a blizzard in the middle of summer and I need my jacket?! I love the new blog look. :]

  2. Don't forget to leave room in your suitcases for the souvenirs you will bring back for the child you aren't taking on the trip!!

  3. Is he kidding! Just carry on for an entire week.

    I always over pack too (no surprise), but you never know what you might need!
    Just for one week, I am taking 2 HUGE duffle bags and 10 outfits on hangers!

    Have fun!


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