Packing . . . help!


#1

I am sitting here on the forums feeling sick to my stomach. We (DD and I) are leaving on Friday to visit my parents. It is a 13 hour drive (without stops). On Monday, we will be flying to Asia to visit DH.:smiley: I am so excited to see him. It has been 4 months and we get to stay for 4 weeks!!!

But, I hate traveling. And I hate packing. Just the thought of it makes me feel sick. I have piles of things set aside and will continue to do so this week, but I still feel like I won’t get it all finished in time. UGH!

Does anyone else go through this? If yes, how do you handle it? I guess getting to work instead of sitting at the computer would be a good start.:o

(DH is my calming influence. I don’t get this way when we are preparing together–but it doesn’t work when he isn’t here.)


#2

I roll everything into a backpack and a duffle bag.:slight_smile:


#3

You are not alone. When I was younger I thought that I loved to travel, now that I am older I know that I do not like it. I always spent the night before the trip awake, packing things or doing work. I am a procrastinator. :smiley:


#4

I make lists. Almost compusively. And I categoricize them too. That way I can procrastinate for a bit, and when I do leave it for the last minute, I know exactly what to pack :wink:


#5

I make lists when I pack, too. It’s the only time I ever make lists. It helps me to feel like I’m not forgetting something. Plus, when you’re making the list, you’re putting off packing! :stuck_out_tongue:

Have a wonderful trip!!


#6

Start out by guessing the number of days you’ll spend between laundry loads. Then pack enough general-purpose clothing to last that long. Choose the items that you wear most often. Then add anything you might need for a special event. Don’t forget about bad-weather clothing.

Then, walk around your bedroom/bathroom/kitchen, look around, and pack anything (within reason) that you use on a regular basis. If something isn’t lying out in plain sight, then you probably don’t use it that often, and you don’t need to pack it. (Except for cameras, etc).


#7

You’re not alone.

I get antsy when we are nearing a travel date. DH packs himself, but I am in charge of the other five of us. It makes me nervous that I’ll forget something important.


#8

I’m with the list makers. I make one and save it on the computer, then with different trips change it accordingly to weather clothes. I wait to do laundry the day before and pack instead of fold and put away. I don’t really like to pack either, but I do everyone, even my dh. :slight_smile: He doesn’t even know what I pack him. :slight_smile:


#9

Are there stores where you are going? If so, the stress is less. Pack light, pack things that are replacable (if luggage gets lost/stolen), and if you forget toothpaste you can get some at your destination. You do NOT need a different outfit for every day of the trip, you can get by with one good pair of shoes apiece -

I am a very light travler :slight_smile:


#10

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