Higher Maintenance

I’ve simply become too high maintenance to travel.

For years I’ve blamed my husband and two dogs for all the “stuff” I’ve loaded for trips. But the other day, packing solo, reality hit me.

I’ve never been what you’d call “low-maintenance,” but over the years I’ve come to need more and more creature comforts when I leave home, even for a mere two nights. Granted, on this particularly trip, I’d be attending three separate events, but as I loaded the car, even I was beginning to think my needs were a little excessive.

Here’s the inventory:
—tote bag for three pairs of sandals and one pair of houseshoes (tried them in small suitcase, but they took up all the space)

—a grocery bag with my breakfast needs (oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, Splenda, milk)—even my breakfast is high maintenance!

—small fan in case the motel room is too hot (sweat turns my flat-ironed bangs into Cheetos look-alikes)

—white noise machine

—Caboodle for makeup

—kit for toiletries

—bag with adapters and chargers for Kindle, iPod touch, cell phone, netbook computer, camera, mp3 player

—bag for all the above electronics

—thermal bag for milk, yogurt, and Dr Peppers

—hang-up clothes (a last minute item almost overlooked)

—large purse

By the time I got all this packed, I thought I didn’t have much left for the small suitcase I’d intended to take, so I threw in a few magazines, my pill box (if it gets any bigger it will need its own bag), hair equipment (round brush, flat brush, curling iron, flat iron), and the usual unmentionables. In minutes, it was filled it to capacity.

What will I do the next time I fly? I’ll be broke by the time I pay for the extra luggage.

Please help me become the minimalist I secretly long to be by sharing your packing tips.

Either that or assure me I’m not alone.

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12 responses to “Higher Maintenance

  1. I can’t give you packing tips. I understand completely the need to overpack. I have a bag I call my goodie bag. It can go under an airplane seat with no room to spare. It’s filled with my hair products. This bag is filled the same way whether I’m going away overnight or for a month. I cannot travel without my hair care products. Don’t get me started about shoes. A girl needs shoes when she travels. I’ve always admired those women who travel the world with one small carry-on bag. Now, I’v decided they’re just not normal.

  2. I love this. I get worse every time I pack too. I can’t believe I once traveled all over the British aisles with nothing but a good-sized backpack. And no matter how much I pack, I always miss something.

  3. Marilyn Patterson

    I never go anywhere without my box fan. People give me very strange looks when I walk through a hotel lobby with it. I’m waiting for someone to create a Box Fan Cover. It will be an instant seller.

  4. The only time I can pack light is a beach holiday. Even then footwear takes up the most room in my bag these days.. Good shoes, comfy shoes, sandals…. Thank God for e books, before them, I would have a quarter of my suitcase in books.

  5. On our last trip to the mountains for a week I thought I’d forgotten to pack my Kindle. I almost panicked since reading time is one of the reasons we go! We were already 50 miles out of town, and my husband said, “Do you want to go back?”

    Well, no, but we did stop so I could look for it and it was there, thank goodness. I’d almost decided I’d just have to buy one of the lower-priced newer ones and do without a lighted cover (which I love). But I had plenty of shoes!

  6. Wendy

    You are not alone..why do you think I like to drive to alot of places I go!! No suggestions, just and idea. I could get more in a suitcase when I would put things in the plastic big bags and suck the air out!! Just in case you were wondering how to condense the size of everything a little bit!
    Good blog!! I definately relate ; )

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