By Sandra Elzie
Summer is here, complete with plenty of sunshine, kids playing in the neighborhood versus being at school, and vacations.
Last week my dear hubby announced he’d like to “hit the road for a week or two,” which in hubby-talk means “I’m ready to enjoy being outside for a change and want new scenery.”
I suggested Colorado to see our elderly sister-in-law with a side trip on up to Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore on our way home. Within minutes, it was decided we’d drive versus flying…all the better to see the country…and we’d go in the Jeep versus towing the 5th wheel trailer. For anyone who missed our eventful vacation to Florida, click on Too Much Adventure .
Great. I don’t know how things are delegated at your home, but at our house, it means that hubby gets the oil changed, checks the tire’s air pressure and he’s good to go.
Being organized, I immediately reached for a pad of paper and started two lists:
What we need to take and what “other” things need to be done before we leave.
Let’s see…clothes for two or so weeks, cameras, binoculars, etc. Soon I’d filled the page. It kind of reminded me of the good ole days when going for a visit with the baby meant having to pack up and take half of the house with us.
Now, since we’re not taking the trailer, it means that our resident feline, Jack, will be staying home. Note to self: Must find a cat-sitter…or maybe a house sitter.
Now here comes the fun part. Hotel Reservations. I hate this part…with a passion. It took me most of a day! Right in the middle of booking into the lodge at Yellowstone, it hits me…Note to Self: Be sure to send in a notice to stop the mail delivery.
I have since typed up a basic list of things that need to go with us…medicines, cameras, phone cords, camera battery charger, etc and with a few clicks to cut and paste, I now have Master lists on the computer. One is for Hubby and myself if we’re going away separately and another for when we travel together. Also, there’s a list of those pesky little details that need to be taken care of before leaving home for a week or two.
Actually, packing for this two-week trip is good practice for our upcoming two-week cruise…except the bears in Yellowstone don’t require us to formally dress for dinner.
So, do you have any suggestions? Things that most people forget to do before they leave on vacation? Have you ever forgotten something when packing …something that you couldn’t live without so you had to buy a new one on the trip? Come on, confess…we promise not to tell anyone. (g)