Over the years, my husband has learned the sight of me dragging out the suitcase is his cue to split. During the ordeal that takes a couple of hours, I try on a variety of clothes to see which I like better and what goes with what. All sorts of tops, shorts, slacks, dresses and shoes spew from my closet into and onto every corner of the bedroom. It's not a pretty sight!
I hate packing. It's hard enough deciding what I want to wear today, let alone what I want to wear for the next two weeks.
For my husband, on the other hand, packing is a ten-minute side-bar of tossing three t-shirts, two pairs of jeans, and some underwear (oh, yes, and a swimsuit) into a duffel bag along with his sundry kit. This is the same whether we're headed out for the weekend or three weeks in Europe. Is there something wrong with this picture or is it the Mars/Venus thing?
Start by creating a master list that can work with any vacation. After all, camping, drive trip, ski trip, beach vacation, all require the same basics. Save your list on your home computer so it will be ready to print off the next time you need it.
No matter where you go, your master list will probably require the following sub-lists:
Items in each sub-list should include a variety of possibilities of what might be packed in that category. Not all items will apply to every type of vacation. When you print off the list, highlight only the items that actually apply to your trip, and then check each off the list once you've pulled them out for packing.
• 14 days before – Type up the vacation checklist.
• 13 days before – Check online for the anticipated seasonal weather for your vacation spot.
• 12 days before – Start working on the vacation checklist.
• 10 days before – Head to the store for last minute items.
• 7 days before – Launder items needing to be packed.
• 4 days before – Pack any final items on the checklist.
• 2 days before – Done. Congratulations!
Hopefully, you've stayed true to your goal and everything is packed (stress-free) by a day or two before vacation. What a sigh of relief! You can sit with your feet up and sip a cup of coffee, while your other half runs through his ten minutes packing dance, most likely forget something! Gee, maybe he should have made a checklist!
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