How do I pack for a trip

 

We don’t take many trips. However, when we do…. I have a habit of over planning.

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot do last minute anything. If it is last minute, I have a massive anxiety attack. I also have an anxiety attack if I am late. So when we plan a trip, I pack early.

 

For instance, we took an anniversary trip. Just me and my husband. Only over night. However, I packed our suitcase almost a week before hand. I bought everything that we needed months leading up to our trip. You see, we actually planned this trip in November. By December I had already booked our hotel and paid for it. Three weeks before the trip I got the suitcase out of storage so that a week before the trip I could pack.

 

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Usually I pack one or two extra outfits because well you know life happens. However, for this specific trip I didn’t.  However, I took my kids and my two nephews to the beach for a day trip and well….. I over packed for that trip. I mean literally over packed. They had their swimsuits, they had the outfit they wore there and they had an additional outfit. We had like two things of sunscreen an umbrella a chair for my mom toys snacks and drinks.

That is how I usually do my trips. I over pack. When we go to this festival every year, I have a backpack.  I’ve only ever been to this festival with kids so I always have to be prepared. This trip, its a day trip we leave about 8am get home around 8pm, I have to be prepared because the place itself is expensive. So my backpack usually consists of diapers, drinks, snacks (even tho outside food is not allowed) Wipes, a sippee cup, and a baggie with about 4 or 5 pairs of my husbands old socks. The kind he doesn’t wear anymore.

That sounds weird right?

Toting around old socks.

I’ll explain it to you.

This event is an outside event, there are no restrooms. Only portapotties. And you don’t want to sit on those seats. And My kids don’t know how to hold themselves over the potty. Considering I have had back issues for the last 3 years today, I cannot hold them over the seat. It just hurts way too much and I got a lot of walking to do. So I use socks. My husband wears the long socks. The kind that come half way up your calf. So I take his old socks that he don’t wear anymore and slip them on the seat. Therefore, she can easily sit on the seat. After she is done, we just toss the socks. I’ll refill the bag when I get home. Its a great plan. And I try to always keep a pair with me. They’re clean socks because they’ve been washed. He just don’t wear them anymore because they’re old or some reason.

I am an over planner. I have always been an over planner.  When we go for a weekend trip like we did for my moms birthday. I figured we would be there 3 nights 4 days. Therefore we each had 5 outfits just in case. We had my camera for memories. I packed snacks. I bought travel toiletries. I packed the drinks the kids like. I packed books and toys for them to play with. I packed medicine because you never know when allergies or a cold is going to hit. I always make a check list for the packing before and then I make a copy of the check list so that I can check it off before we leave where ever we are.

 

you could say, I am a little OCD or obsessive. It drives me insane how others, cough cough (my brother) waits til the last possible moment to pack.

 

How do you pack for a trip?

Over analyze

 

I overanalyze situations because I am afraid that I will not be prepared for them.

I am the type of mother who packs half a pack of diapers before sending my youngest daughter anywhere. I am the type of person who packs six sets of clothes for a three day trip. I am the type of mother who packs drinks and snacks for everyday errands.

I over plan everything because I worry that if I don’t, I won’t be prepared.

I cook dinner for an army even though I only feed four or five people on any given night, myself included. Whatever we don’t eat for dinner or lunch I send to my brother. I cook for my mother in law. When I go grocery shopping I buy extra to make sure that there will always be enough.

Growing up, we didn’t always have a lot of food, So I stock pile on foods that don’t expire so that my kids will never have to go thru that. I tell my husband that we have less in our account than what we really do so that if something happens like a tire blowing, we have that little to fall back on.

I literally plan for everything. I plan the mornings out so that I know that we get the kids to school on time. I usually have my homework and tests done two days early in case there is a storm and I have no lights to use the internet to turn it in.

There are so many what if’s that could happen and I try to plan for every single one of them. Does this cause a lot of stress? Heck yeah, especially when there are the moments when things go wrong. I want to be ready for every single situation that I can possibly control.

Now when there are those times that I can’t control things. I feel at a loss. For instance, my father recently passed. Now although it wasn’t as emotional as many others who have lost their parents, I barely knew my father although I tried. I still have a lot of unanswered questions that unfortunately I will never know. My father passed and it threw everything into a loop. I had to get an extension on my school work so that I could drive almost 4 hours to another state to help my mom and brother collect his remains and possesions. I had to deal with the emotions of knowing that I will never get those answers. We then went back down to do some research in hopes that we could finally get some answers to what he had and what happened. Unfortuantely, we got no answers. Then it was Thanksgiving week and that came with a new wrench, my kid was out of school for 3 days and thanksgiving dinner plans cooking cleaning running to the store multiple times because we kept forgetting things. It has been a very emotional and anxious week.

Thank you all for listening.