I love lists. Whether scribbled on the back of an envelope, lined up neatly on an index card, or color coded on a spreadsheet, my life story could be told through the dozens of ongoing lists I use to keep my mind clear and our days running according to schedule.
Though I have many staples in the list category - from groceries to to-do's to project deadlines - my favorite by far is the packing list. Dating back as far as middle school, I can recall reviewing the agenda for a given camp or vacation and creating a corresponding plan for wardrobe, books, and so many travel snacks I often required a second bag. As an adult I cultivated the art of minimalist packing - fitting everything I could possibly need for a week abroad in a a single carry-on bag, carefully considering the utility of every item to ensure I had everything the trip required and nothing it didn't.
These days, my ambitions are much less grand: I can survive as long as the babe has her teddy bear - but I still enjoy the process of crafting a packing list. The act gives me the opportunity to take a pre-vacation: envisioning the people and places we will visit, considering what clothes, books, and other essentials will suit each scenario - and contemplating how much (or little) I can carry with me as I navigate the airports, car rides, and hotel and house transfers with a babe in tow. This weekend, my skills will be put to the test as the babe and I depart for a seventeen day travel stretch in which we will visit three very different destinations in three very different climates. Three trips, two girls, one bag - let the planning begin!
What adventures are on your horizons this year? How can you ensure you will have (just) what you need?
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