It was as if we would be gone for a week or two months. Maybe a year-long cruise.
First the prep before leaving. My four cats get fed at different places that change from year to year. Their food also changes and the amount so there is always an epic to write for the cat sitter. In number of pages, it rivals War and Peace. I’m the most neurotic cat owner around.
The place we go to is a long way from stores. I want to be sure to have everything I need. That influences my packing and my neurotic need to have everything handy.
Now for the pharmaceuticals. I get cranky when I have a headache, acid reflux, allergies, itchiness, dry eye, lactose intolerance or a dozen other things that happen to old people. I pack stuff for every contingency including a zombie apocalypse. Pharmaceuticals has its own suitcase!
Remember back in the day when you had a toothbrush and toothpaste? No, me neither. I love my electric toothbrush and I have all sorts of gizmos to keep my teeth clean and good smelling.
My hair needs a blow dryer. I am not an au natural girl. Now we are talking shampoo, conditioner, styling stuff, brushes and big freaking blow dryer that sticks out of your luggage.
Clothing next. The place we go to has crazy weather. It’s very humid but will swing from very hot and humid to cold and damp. It can change in ten minutes but it’s mostly cold and damp. I pack for an arctic trip and a tropical rain forest excursion. I take a fleece throw and socks for sleeping. Just in case. Everything but snow boots. You don’t want me cranky!
Shoes are something that take a lot of space. I have learned to do with less. For the 48 hour trip I only took two pair – sneakers and dock shoes. I probably could have done with one pair but I needed the sneakers for hiking.
When it comes to food, I get obsessed. We are not big eaters but I pack enough food for an Olympic team. Will I want salty or sweet? (Take both!) Do I have enough carbs? How about fruit. There isn’t enough time to eat everything I bring and the cabin owner stocks for the Sixth Fleet. We could stay for a month without a grocery store run.
I wasn’t always like this. When we go to the beach, we can easily pick up anything we need. As we get older our survival instincts kick in. I don’t want to be hungry, cold, or itchy. I had my Kindle along in case I ran out of books. All was good. We didn’t run out of anything!
A good time was had by all and that was the goal!