Friday, April 16, 2010

Pack Your Bags Friday Five

How I wish I were going on the Big Event! Maybe next year, as classes will no longer be an impediment. (Of course, with senioritis flaring up, I'm not sure that they are an impediment!)

Anyway, Songbird writes here:

I'm preparing to pack my bags for the Big Event Three, and as I gather what I need I'm thinking about just that: what do I *need* to take with me? As a person who likes to pack light, I worry that in the end I may underpack and wish I had other things with me. I own the gigantor version of the bag to the right, but my morbid fear of having it go astray and not get to the ship means I'm more likely to try to pack it all in a carry-on bag instead, especially since I have a very tight connection on the way to the cruise. But won't I be sorry if I don't bring _______________?

With that in mind, here are five questions about packing to go on a trip.

1) Some fold, some roll and some simply fling into the bag. What's your technique for packing clothes?

I usually fold, like things into a bundle with like, which has the same anti-wrinkle effect as rolling. When I return home from seminary each week, I fling ~ all dirty clothes by then.

2) The tight regulations about carrying liquids on planes makes packing complicated. What might we find in your quart-size bag? Ever lose a liquid that was too big?

I'm not very imaginative, so: the usual. Once I lost a bottle of water which I had purchased seconds earlier just outside security.

3) What's something you can't imagine leaving at home?

My computer, to which I am practically glued. And a curling iron.

4) Do you have a bag with wheels?

Absolutely. Several, in various sizes.

5) What's your favorite reading material for a non-driving trip (plane, train, bus, ship)?

War and Peace. No, seriously: I'm a very restless reader on planes, so I usually pick up a couple of magazines in the airport. For a longer trip, I would think that any of the novels QG recommends would be just fine.

Bonus question, added by me: If you're not going on the BE, what's the next trip in store for you?

I'm off to Eastern Point Retreat House in June, where I intend to contemplate seminary graduation (which will be just behind me), the Exegesis exam (sigh; ahead of me again), life in general or, perhaps, just the ocean.


  1. I hope you enhjoy that retreat. I have to make one last trip to AZ and may add a short retreat to Desert House of Prayer. (I have to go pick up our car which is finally being fixed)...

  2. Thanks so much for posting the link to the retreat house. What an amazing location! May your time there be blessed.

    We are about to head off to a combined annual spring trip to a family cottage on a tree farm (timber), and our son's wedding. I can hardly wait for these next three days to pass.

  3. Maybe next year we can meet at the BE since I'm home planning a wedding while you finish seminary.

  4. With you on the plane mags. Oh, yeah, lets all go to the BE next year!

  5. Oh that bottle of water has become a boon to those airports. They've set us special stands just to sell a bottle for $2.50.

  6. Seriously, hope you will come next year.

  7. I'm a carry-on minimalist packer, who folds on the way out and rolls on the way home (which makes extra room for stuff I've bought).

    I buy toiletries wherever I land, don't carry anything with me (not toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc). I have old-fashioned emry boards for my nails.

    I can't imagine leaving my computer! And now I'd add my Kindle. Reading material is wonderful on a Kindle!

    My bag has wheels, and fits in the overhead.

    My next trip is a driving trip to Miami to attend my niece's First Holy Communion! Then, on May 23 I'm off to a six week drive-about with Dear Husband. We will be meandering across the mid-section of the US... maybe getting up into The Angle (in Minnesota).

    Robin - enjoy your retreat!!

  8. on the final thought... I would vote to start with the ocean and let the universe and thoughts unfold from there.

  9. I so, so, so want to go on a LONG retreat there! In the winter.

    Yes, I think that's the time for me ... I just wonder when?