We’re off to meet the new nephew this weekend, and I thought a useful thing to share would be how I pack – that is, after all, another kind of list we make, and another kind of planning. While most to-do lists and grocery lists are quite forgiving and we can recover if we forget something, it can be tough if you forget something important on a packing list. Here are some of my essentials:
- Car entertainment and snacks – Because I like to save a dollar or two, I try to make sure we have enough snacks from home to power through cravings on the road and focus on only stopping for full meals. A Gatorade (Husband’s favorite) costs less in a big pack than it does as a one-off during a gasoline stop. I also like to bring something to make the trip time not a total waste: an audiobook, a crocheting project, a set of question cards that can generate an interesting conversation.
- 1 set of pajamas, and # of nights + 2 sets of day-time clothes – I like to have two sets of clothes more than whatever I technically need, as well as a set of pajamas, on any trip I go on. This time, we’re doing some outdoor exploring and possibly a fancy dinner date, so I have specific guidelines for my extra outfits. Pajamas are also a priority, because I like to think ahead to how warm or cold I anticipate being in the place I’ll be sleeping… my in-laws house is usually on the warm side, so it is good to remember shorts and a tank top.
- A physical notebook, not just my planner – I like being able to write down things that occur to me during a trip, especially because I often get into a different, more creative headspace when I’m away from home. This can really help me break out of a rut of writing similar things, so I like the opportunity to chronicle my changing outlook.
- A “go bag” of hygiene items – I hate waking up on the day of a trip and scrounging for my toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, etc. Instead, I like to have a ready plastic bag with all the things I need in it. Yes, this means I tend to own two of most things, but the travel set doesn’t get used as often and lasts a long time.
What are your essentials on the packing list? What would you be lost without?