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Not travelling lightly

My day started out with a call moving my dentist appointment up to tomorrow which is a good thing in theory. I need to go and it will be good to have pearly whites for my Team Training. In practice I dislike the dentist - the ticklish brush, the seemingly endless scrape of the various picks.

I've started packing. I love to travel but I hate to pack. The worry that I will forget something crucial combines with its endlessness. Some things I can't pack until the last minute but I either need several days to pack or I forget things or have a preset list. I don't have a list because it's been over six years since I traveled on my own and seven since I stayed in a dorm. I need to pack some food items and toiletry items that I don't need when at a hotel.

I am also not packing light since we're driving there and tiny items cost points to transfer into. But there's a voice in my head that looks at my huge toiletry bag filled with regular sized hand soap etc and thinks "I don't need this stuff." But yet I also know if I go there and I don't have my soap for two weeks, my hands will crack and bleed.

I want to be the girl who packed for a month with just a carry-on suitcase and traveled around the world. Yet packing light was my parents' idea. I was often uncomfortable and got terribly sick. We wasted time trying to find things that we ended up needing. I still remember aching with sunburn (my parents had not packed sunscreen) and walking to countless pharmacies in Bahia, Brazil asking for aloe vera which ended being called something entirely different. This is not the way I want to travel. And even my parents don't travel this way anymore.

So I tell the voice "Yes I do need it. Or at least it makes my life more comfortable. It's the way I was brought up to eschew comfort for the ideal of roughing it. But you are the opposite of roughing it. You're packing for two weeks to get a service dog." And my MBA head says "A student has little money and a lot of time. A student must pack light to stay in hostels and travel on public transport. You have a lot more money to spend than time and energy. More a statement about the limits of my time and energy. You should maximize the time and energy you have so pack with that in mind." I breathe a sigh of relief but still wish I was packed all ready.



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Feb. 5th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm not advocating *over-packing,* but if you think you'll need it (or that you'll just *want* it), take it with you. SD training can be *stressful.* I was kicking myself for not bringing enough bubble bath along. :) Seriously, think of ways to pamper yourself, because while getting the dog is fun, you'll work hard, and you deserve to have creature comforts with you. :)
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
What great suggestions! Thanks so much!
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
(hug) I get it. I used to do camping trips with a backpack and a sleeping bag. But I was uncomfortable, and I was still a teen. Much has changed. Somewhere in here, there is a happy medium. Good luck finding it!
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks Dawn! I'm feeling more balanced today.
Feb. 5th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
I really love that I don't have to travel so light these days. But I'm still really bad at packing.
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's a blessing to have the ability to pack more stuff. I just need to leave the childhood baggage behind.
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