Packing, Not My Favorite Pastime

I love to go on trips. I mean I REALLY love to go on trips. But I despise packing. It is so bad, I get anxiety over it. (Seriously.) It doesn’t matter if the trip is a couple of nights or a week, it stresses me out to no end.

For the most part, the stress is my own fault. In my constant attempt for everything to be perfect, I always want to make sure I pack everything I could possibly need (or my daughter or my husband could need). Of course, the inevitable always happens and something gets forgotten, and it makes m crazy. (The worst is when I actually pack everything – like the well-planned bag of snacks for our last trip that got left on the kitchen counter. Grrrr….)

I am a check-list kind of girl, so I always make lists. But indecision and forgetfulness set in and frustration overcomes me, and suddenly I am once again dreading packing.

On my most recent trip – to Clearwater Beach on an amazing trip that I will be blogging about soon – my packing list looked something like this:

  • 4 (perfect) daytime outfits
  • 3 (perfect) nighttime outfits
  • 1 beach outfit & hat
  • 1 pair of sneakers (for the prego feet)
  • 3 pairs of women’s sandals (yes, I needed 3 pairs)
  • 1 pair PJs
  • Under garments
  • Camera (with lots of memory space)
  • iPad/Phone/Chargers
  • Toiletries/sunscreen/meds/etc
  • Cosmetics
  • Snacks for the prego (forgotten)
  • And on and on…

Plus K’s list:

  • 6 daytime outfits (she”s 3, you never know)
  • 3 nighttime outfits
  • 2 beach outfits & hat
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 2 pairs of kid’s sandals
  • 2 pairs PJs
  • Pull-ups/Panties
  • Pink Bear & Minnie
  • DVD player/movies
  • Toiletries/sunscreen/etc
  • Sand toys (forgotten)
  • Snacks for the kiddo (forgotten)

Then there was my hubby’s list

  • Bunch of shirts
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • 1 pair men’s sandals (which he wore there)
  • Deodorant (wife will bring the rest)

Shesh – I wish I were a guy sometimes. It took me the better part of two days to pack for three nights. I think it took my husband 30 minutes with no stress attached.

I really hate packing. How about you?

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