and wander off, destination vague, plans changeable, free and
spontaneous as all get out. Trips have a whole new meaning when one
must make sure the medication is packed, the pets provided for, the
sleeping arrangements carefully thought through, and those behind are
notified of the itinerary: who, what, where, when, and why.
Spontaneity once measured in moments is restructured into hours, or
Small expeditions to third world countries travel lighter than I do.
No longer are journeys taken for adventure and excitement. Actually
the words seldom and avoided are more often combined with journey. My
choices are more hedonistic than exhilarating. Packing is an attempt
to provide for every contingency. I'll skip the details but mention
that I generally take more clothes than needed (what if I stay and
extra day?) and plenty to occupy me (book, iPod, camera, sewing,
notepaper, etc.) and return with large portions unused. Ah, but I was
I never was one to flit off for the weekend with only a toothbrush
and an extra pair of undies in my purse. Having traveled with a
family I've been accustomed to thinking ahead and packing for
everybody. I've always acted as if my destination was the moon and
even the oxygen needed to be crammed into the suitcase.
As I now contemplate a four day junket to another state I'm
determined to pack lightly. Do you think one suitcase a day plus the
briefcase, laptop, and backpack is enough?