Today, we talk about travel. I love to travel! I love to pack and re-pack, and re-re-pack, and re-re-re-pack . . . Yeah--I change my mind a lot so I pack several times until I get it just right. I have learned that if I don't do this, I end up taking way too much stuff with me that I don't use. And if I wait until the last minute, I end up forgetting things I need. Now, I do have a travel packing list for the basics, so I seldom forget that stuff, but every once in a while, I'm very thankful that the hotels usually have the amenities I need.
When I travel, most of the time, I take road trips. The cool thing about road trips, is that you really don't have to limit what you're taking with you. If it fits in the car, you can take it. If you don't need it, you don't take it out of the car. I did one cross country trip where I took the microwave, coffee maker, and entire week's worth of groceries with me. It came in handy. When you stay at no-tell motel, you may not have these in your room and going out to eat on a fixed budget is a no-no.
One thing that I've learned about traveling by airplane though . . . If I can't carry it up and down four flights of stairs, I don't need it. I refer mainly to my visits to New Orleans with Sis 2. We always stay at the same place, in the same room. It's a great place, but there are no elevators and we are on the top floor. The staircase is winding and the banisters are shaky. The first time we went, I was totally over packed. I didn't think I'd make it up the stairs and worse was going down. After that, I started packing less (and in a couple of instances, had a good male friend to lug that shit for me).
I just spent a weekend in Las Vegas. I go there several times a year, so it's not that big a deal. It's kind of my home away from home. I know I don’t need much, a couple of changes of clothes, toiletries, and my electronics. This time, I had a rolling bin with a cooler in it with alcohol (can't leave the alcohol at home for the teenager and friends to be tempted). It seems like I still take too much, but I can't seem to go with fewer than two bags. I'm going back in two weeks, and I'm challenging myself to only one bag (and not a suitcase either). I'll let you know how it goes.
Ha . . . Update before posting . . . I left a shit ton of clothes in the drawer in Vegas. Damn!
Until next time, keep it #sassyandsarcastic . . . .