In getting ready for a brief holiday trip, I was thinking about how I go about packing even for just a 4-day trip. This process started for me about 12 years when my husband and I began the car hobby. We went right off the starting line almost at the top with a 1933 Packard. And wow was it ever the most rewarding hobby in so many ways.
From the beginning we began to win award after award in our local community. Just after the restoration for which we wrote all the checks for and did none of the work, we began the Concours’ d’Elegance touring.
Right after the first trip out I realized, “What kind of easy process are we going to have to put together so when we get there, everything we need is with us?”
It started with some fine tweaking learned from a video like this, and went from there.
Here’s what now takes me so darn long to pack, like for this little 4 day trip, one day.
– First we have to know the agenda of each day and night. Usually even though my husband has all the details, until the day before I don’t know what the heck we are signed up for! It could be a black tie event or a hayride. I generally go along with anything because the events are full of fascinating people.
– Once we know the agenda, that tells us what to pack but not much flexibility in how to pack. Around 6 or 7 years into our travels I came across a YouTube video of how to get the most space out of rolling your clothes into the luggage. I couldn’t find the exact video but if you looked at the one I shared here, you’ll get the main idea. Today, whether 2 nights or 2 weeks it’s how I pack.
– Then there are the miscellany items that are weather dependent. If it’s likely to rain, we roll up our Patagonias. We each purchased one when visiting with my son and his family in Seattle about 8 years ago. Do you know it rains in Seattle Washington? Really it does. Best place for all kinds of rain weather.
– Then of course, there are the toiletries and deciding how to get all those little 3-ounce bottles into what seems like an even smaller plastic baggy! The only thing worst is when we drive instead of fly. Because that means I am looser with taking more than just one 3-ounce bottle of that special hair oil that reduces the frizz.
– Finally of course is asking my husband, has he packed. Of course he hasn’t. He waits to the last minute, lays out all of his clothes and convinces me, “You are the best clothes roller there is. Can you do mine?”
To keep the time to as minimum I can get it, I keep a list. One list for the car show trips, one list for the Seattle WA trips and one list for any other different kind of travel.
Did I mention that even when we fly, for a 10 day stay, we each get everything into one carry-on? And we have a lot more energy when we have to pack to come home.
Whew. Now my mind is running running running: how do we pack even better next time?