When you pack for a trip do you pack lightly, thinking that if you forget something you can pick it up along the way? Or do you pack everything but the kitchen sink? I'm bad I'm afraid, I want to travel lightly, I want our bags light enough for us to handle. I want very few bags to deal with.
We had so many one year that we accidentally left one on the luggage carousel and it took forever for Mac to get permission to go back in and find it. I don't want that to happen again. I also don't want my carry-on to be so heavy that it takes 2 people to lift it into the overhead.
I try to pack lightly, but then I worry, do I have enough of this, should I have 1 more of those, can I live without that---probably not. So that in the end I usually have 2 of everything,
It doesn't matter if it's an overseas trip or a drive down into Florida. For years we've packed a pretty good-sized 220volt fan every time we went to England, we always found our rooms stuffy without it. Imagine how big a suitcase that took.
I carry enough pharmaceuticals to open my own drug store, a lot are prescription and not an option, but others are just things I think I might need.
Should I take a hair dryer and even if the hotel provides one I still need a curling iron. The list goes on and on.
Mac is in charge of paperwork and I know he has duplicates and in some cases triplicates of everything. Copies of tickets, trip vouchers, passports. Numbers to call in case of emergencies, for lost or stolen credit cards, local telephone numbers.
I sometimes think that less planning and less logistics went into planning D-Day than for one of our trips. And this is for a fairly short trip.
The planning for the big one is massive!