Getting Ready

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I never said that I was the best packer in the world.  In fact, I think I am one of the worst.  I tend to over pack.  I fear the same is happening for our upcoming trip out west.

I started gathering clothes, just to see what I have that I might want to take.  I had piles of shirts and slacks all over the bed.

OK.  What do I really need?  One thing that is non-negotiable is a suit, dress shirt, tie and dress shoes for the wedding.  What about other things?

How many slacks and jeans do I need?  I am figuring jeans will comfortable for driving.  I am not a shorts person out in public.  Probably jeans will be fine for walking around Alcatraz.  We do have tickets for that.  OK. Three pair of jeans should do it.  Besides, the hotel does have laundry facilities.

What about tee shirts?  Right now I have about 20 pulled.  Way too many.  If I stick to basically a few solid colors I can always dress them up by putting another shirt over them.

Speaking of shirts how many of them do I need?  Not counting the one for the wedding itself I need something for the welcoming dinner the night before the wedding.  Maybe 3 others just in case.

Now I am thinking about shoes.  A pair to wear with the suit and maybe two other pair of shoes just to alternate.  Maybe one pair of sandals just to wear around the hotel room.

If I stick to this kind of plan maybe I can pack light, at least light for me.  I guess the bad thing is that we are driving so I don’t have to worry about weight limits.

Well, we shall see what happens when it is time to do the actual packing.

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  1. Packing is always the most difficult part. I’m always thinking “what if I need this or that.” Driving does allow you to tuck a few extras in. Plus, I always figure, worst case scenario, I can find a Kohls to pick up something to fill the gap.

  2. I used to overpack and now I seem to underpack! Maybe one day I will find a happy medium!

  3. Oh, Bob! I am already worried about packing for a trip to the Amalfii Coast in May! I am not good at packing! I hope I learn a few tricks by then!

    • I wish I could be one of those people who can fit everything into one carry-on bag, even for a road trip, but I don’t think that will ever happen.

  4. I always think I forgot something, but over the years I think I have gotten very good at packing. I do tend not to worry so much when it is a road trip. For Italy and Ireland I had to get everything into a carry-on size bag (checked) and another small duffle for the plane. It is definitely an art. I guess one of the tricks is to rework outfits with different accessories. Hope you have a great time!

  5. I am right there with you. Way, back when, I remember watching an episode of “The Love Boat” where I learned this important pice of packing advice: Bring half the clothes and twice the money. I remind myself of that phrase every time I pack Sometimes I even succeed.

  6. Oh, it’s tough when you’re driving, much harder to limit what you take. I like how you’ve started big and you’re whittling down.

  7. Checking in before you start west fgmcveigh at gmail dot com

  8. I always used to make my daughter set her things near the door the night before when we were going on a trip. I usually did the same. One time we were going on a two-night extravaganza to an amusement park- complete with a friend for her and my sister, too. We arrived at the hotel and carried in all our stuff… only to discover my suitcase was missing. I didn’t have anything! A quick trip to Walmart saved the day. So pack light… just remember to put the suitcase in the car!

  9. Do take the shoes that you think you will need and the dress clothes. The rest are easier to add if needed. . . nothing worse than blisters from sore feet. Carry on for clothes for 2 weeks at TC is easy for me. It’s the bag with devices that’s hard for me to limit – usually 4 including the phone! LOL! 🙂

  10. I guess since we’ve done so much traveling over the years that both hubby and I start packing the day before our trip, although I tend to go thru everything in my mind before actually pulling things out to pack. When we travel by car, we tend to bring more since there is room to hang everything in the backseat. Good luck and safe travels. And, as others have said: if you forget something, just stop at the local Wal-Mart and buy it!

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