8.03.2006

Packing

I packed yesterday/evening/this morning. I pack much more betterer if I have a list. I make a list of the thing I'll need to bring, especially when the things I need to pack are things I cannot pack until right when we leave, like my chargers and toothbrush and pillow and that sort of thing. Shoes, etc.
I didn't have enough time last night to make the list early enough to pack with it, but basically packed everything I wouldn't be able to buy when I was there, i.e. chargers, audio/electronic stuff. Also anything that cannot go on a plane in a bag that isn't checked luggage. Since I'm driving back from vacation, it's no big deal, but I sent my big luggage with the first caravan this morning. I realized I had packed a few things I should have kept to bring with me when I came, but they were things I wouldn't want to have to explain to security at the airport. I know that sounds really shady, but, for example, I have a radio transmitter for my car so I can listen to my MP3 player while I'm driving. Most people have one they plug into the device and play through the tape deck, but since I don't have a tape deck, that's out. The transmitter plugs into the cigarette lighter and has a cord that plugs into the MP3 player with twelve frequencies that match to certain high/low frequency radio stations that you can tune the radio to. Basic, I know, because Belkin sells a battery powered one with only two settings, and it's CRAP with a capital K. As simple technology as that is, it does look rather intimidating, because it has a LCD display and a fuse, etc. Since I've also got a one-way ticket, there are no further reasons to get myself searched: I'm not checking any luggage, I've got a one-way ticket, and I've got a bunch of electronics... IT'S BECAUSE I'M GOING ON VACATION!!! Whatever. We have to be there so early anyway, I don't want to delay our arrival to our gate.
So here's how I pack. I wash EVERYTHING I have, fold the clothes and categorize them: shirts, undershirts, collared shirts, shorts, gym shorts, sleep clothes, etc. Then I start throwing them into the suitcase (there's a procedure involving ziplock bags and forcing air out, that has a strange resemblance to the vacuum-packed bags in the infomercials, but since I'm not going to buy one of those, we save money and space in the suitcase by doing it with freezer bags), and the clothes that I don't wear as much don't get into the bag until everything else of importance does. Then it's a sudden death elimination of what other semi-nonimportant things I can fit in around the necessary things. I always pack to the brim...
That is all. Packing and I have a love hate relationship, but they both go the same way: if I have the time enough, I systematically pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff); if I DON'T have enough time, I frantically pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff). So basically I always pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff).

10 comments:

Book Reader said...

Packing - Ugh, just reading about it makes me feel a little quesy. Although I do my best packing when I am meeting up with someone and there is a one way ticket involved. Somehow when you pack your things and send them on their way a certain order seems to develop with one's belonging as opposed to when you just schlep them along with you. Plus when you fly you want to keep the carry on baggage to the bare minimum. Be glad you don't have to carry a purse - but then again don't you have a "man bag"!!

The Polyglot said...

HEY! That's the most awesomest service bag ever, and you won't be finding one like it anywhere around here (except for H'n'B's, but hers is slightly different). It's super functional. Y'all are just jealous. Oh my, the word verification is really hard. I think i have to study this one first, lest I fail.

Book Reader said...

Just like you to be sensitive and focus on the negative, there were some subtley veiled compliments in there as well. As far as the angry rant about the "purse" get over it and move on.

Horse N. Buggy said...

A list? Bah. I try to pack in outfits. Two black pants, two non-black shirts. Blue pants, colored shirt. Tan pants, black shirt. Make sure I have socks to go with all the pants. Make sure I have enough underwear - aww heck, throw a couple extra in there. Two pair of shoes, one brown, one black.

Ziplock bags? Do they really save space? I think I would respect you more if you were using those space saving bags - at least that would be a gadget. Ziplock bags just makes you seem like a crazy old babushka.

Affable Olive said...
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Affable Olive said...

Yiddish! I must show Mehsha.
Yes, the service bag fits the criteria of a "man bag," especially the way you wear it, but it's so perfect I can't rag on it.
I make lists too, but it's an OCD/perfectionist thing...like making sure your car door is locked at a work convention (ahem). I still almost always forget my cell charger. Be careful, that adapter is a weapon as dangerous as a nail file!

Whirlygig! I see whirlygig this time. My eyes aren't good enough to see the blurry ones, so I mess up on purpose and get a new one.

The Polyglot said...

Apparently the Yiddish reference was deleted by the author, and now I no longer wonder why I didn't make the association to the previous comments when I got Affie's comment via email about Yiddish... hmmmm. Fill me in... unless the reference is to Babushka... which is actually Russian (and some would argue actually Bulgarian) and is definitely actually stressed on the first syllable.
Haha... my word verif. looks like a French fashion mag... GQveau

Affable Olive said...

I just had to post because my word verification looked like a cross between zantac and quip. And it's looks like it's surfing a wave...oh by the way, I updated for real and I removed the yiddish.

Affable Olive said...

It spells heads!! It actually spells something! Except for with a few extra letters and a little bit of slang spelling...but that's definetely heads

p. june said...

Weird... I pack exactly the same way as Poly. List and everything....