Looking at a Road Trip

I am not at home. Yes you read that right. I have flown the coop so to speak. I joined saintvi on a road trip to the deep south. I am currently on my way to Arkansas. I will be returning to Indiana on Saturday March 14th. Although I took my computer with me I’m planning on being much too busy to read and respond to your blog posts and any comments… Well, that’s the plan. Sort of. You see traveling with saintvi is an adventure, in a “flying by the seat of your pants” way. Now I have to admit that it seems to work well for her. But my OCD requires a tad bit more, um, organization. I tend to pack the suitcase in a very specific way. First I examine the weather forecast and make a list by day and high/low temps and chance of precipitation. Then I list what I plan to wear each day. All the clothes are staged and packed so that they are placed into the suitcase in order that they will be worn with the last things on the bottom. I also made a list of the shoes I plan to wear with each outfit in an effort to minimize the number of pairs to take. So as you can see, this is not a toss it in and zip it up process. It requires planning and at least 3 to 4 days. I made several lists, checked them off as things went into the bags. And still I forgot some things. *sigh* I attribute my having left a couple of things to having food poisoning on Monday night and all day Tuesday. It was brutal. I can only blame it on the pizza that Sparky brought for me. It was Hawaiian pizza and I should have just said no. He was contrite but I think deep down he hoped I’d back out of the trip. Anyway I’m having fun and will be doing some geocaching and visiting the source of all things LuLaRoe especially leggings. Not to worry – I won’t buy them at full price ($25) when I can get them for $2.50 at Goodwill!

Anyway I’m a pretty chill traveling companion for the most part. It might take me a little time to figure out the dirty clothes packing options. But other than a very strong need to have a tidy and organized suitcase I have learned to go with the flow… That’s my mantra this coming week – “go with the flow”!

41 thoughts on “Looking at a Road Trip

  1. Have a fun trip. Trucking has made me fly by the seat of my pants more. I use to pack in advance too. Now I hate packing. It’s routine and my weekend is over by that point.

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  2. I was surprised last week that my full suitcase on the way out seemed about 2/3 full on the way home, with dirty clothes simply stuffed into a plastic bag inside the suitcase! Where did the extra space cone from?

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      1. After a final “checkout” everything has always come home with me (except the Christmas candy that was in the fridge in the garage!). The dirty ones go in the suitcase as I take them off, and the rest are stashed in a drawer while I’m there.

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  3. If anticipation is half the fun, then packing for a trip certainly qualifies as anticipation. Admittedly, you take it a bit further than most, but maybe for you anticipation is 55% of the fun. Who are we to judge?

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  4. wow glad I don’t have that packing problem … I’m on a six week road trip since Wednesday!

    Have fun we expect more news once you return home … that food poisoning sounds wicked 😦

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                1. Ugly is not a strong enough word. I don’t believe for a minute that he is as frail as he pretends to be. He was motoring with that walker into court like a Formula One driver. Not frail enough to get any leniency from me.

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                  1. they are bollywood wanna-be’s hamming it up for show! Any monster who used their power to prey on others should be locked and the key tossed. the catholic priests get lenient sentences coz they are old and frail … something most of their victims will never be!

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  5. Santivi: is she your friend or relative or is this a pet name for your husband? Enjoy your trip. You sound much more planned than me. I like to travel with a small pocketbook to carry clothing and all.

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    1. Saintvi is my friend and a former xangan and geocaching and cookie baking accomplice. We try not to get into trouble. Somehow we still manage to have trouble follow us around. Maybe it is because we laugh so loud…

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  6. I’m impressed – You are much more organized than me. I can’t imagine figuring out the order that I’ll wear clothes when packing for a trip. I’m more the type that dumps everything out of the suitcase each day to find the clothes I want to wear that day.

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  7. I am learning the “Keep the kitchen sink out of your luggage” trick, slowly, but I also have to have a fresh change of clothes for seven days. Of course, nowadays, that topic is moot. Will enjoy catching up on your trip, over the next few days.

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    1. I’ve pretty much gotten packing down to a science. But I still tend to over pack. I’d rather lug around a couple days worth of clothing I didn’t wear instead of scrambling to find a store to purchase a sweater or bathing suit!

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