This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Slim·Fast.
Since I know what I’m about to say is sort of weird, I think the best course of action is just to say it. Put it out there. Jump into the deep end of the community pool that’s chock-full-o-crazy.
Here you go.
There are few things I enjoy more than packing a suitcase.
Seriously. I sort of adore it, in fact.
And it’s not that I just like packing my own suitcase. Oh, no ma’am. I like packing suitcases for other people, too. I love the whole process of figuring out what to take on a trip, getting everything organized, sorting all our stuff into categories, figuring out the best bag for what needs to be packed – the whole thing.
And because I love packing so much, getting ready for a trip can be almost as much fun for me as the trip itself.
(Maybe I should stop now.)
(I fear I’ve overshared.)
(My only defense is that I’ve never claimed to be even remotely normal.)
So given all of that, you can probably understand why our recent family trip to see a very large mouse pretty much reduced me to a quivering pile of trip-planning anticipation. After all, there were just so many things that needed to be done ahead of time! So many, very fun things!
Like what, you wonder? Well, sunscreen! We needed sunscreen! And I needed to find the hats we take to the pool in the summertime. And I needed to make sure that the little man could still wear last year’s shorts. And I had to make sure that all of us had a windbreaker that could double as a poncho if it rained. And then there was the matter of double-checking that we had plenty of rechargeable batteries and the extra-large Ziplocs and the books for the plane ride and a stash of dollar bills for whenever we needed to tip someone.
Clearly I had no choice but to make a to-do list. And type it. Sort of like this. Except that certainly it was considerably more detailed and also alphabetized.
MY JOY, IT KNEW NO BOUNDS.
And in all seriousness, I think the reason I enjoy the list-making and the pre-packing and the packing so much is because travel is jam-packed with stuff that you just can’t control. Weather. Delayed flights. Mixed-up reservations. Crowds. The occasional irritable family member.
Not that we’d know anything about that. Oh, heavens no.
But the packing? That I can control. I can make sure we’ve been as thorough and as organized as possible before we leave the house. I can’t do one thing about having to hike a half mile from the parking deck to the terminal or dealing with disgruntled travelers or standing in jam-packed security lines. But I can plan well enough in advance to make sure that our iPods are charged, that we have a Ziploc filled with all our necessary cords and cables and chargers, that we can rest in the peace of knowing that once we get to wherever our destination happens to be on any given trip, Mama here is going to have our travel camera tucked into a zippered portion of my favorite (durable!) travel purse, and ALL WILL BE WELL WITH THE WORLD.
Unless the airline loses our luggage, of course.
However, you can rest assured that I’ll have some back-up clothing in my carry-on bag.
There’s no such thing as being too prepared.
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