What to bring on vacation? My list would be pretty much the same as the one a few weeks ago, what to bring on a camping trip — since our vacations then to be camping trips. But what the heck, I'll do it again, this time omitting any camping-specific items.
- Current knitting project, plus *spares*. How awful would it be if an asteroid crashed somewhere on Earth and somehow disabled all electronics and transportation and communication and we were stuck on vacation for weeks? Better to be prepared, I always say.
- Current book, plus as many others as I could possibly read, plus one more just in case. (See reasoning in #1, above.)
- Electronics: iTouch (sync iTouch before departure and load up audiobooks and music), cell phone, camera AND CABLE; car and AC chargers for each. And spare headphones.
- Daily meds, plus acyclovir and migraine meds; if I have those last two along I know I won't need them.
- Dogs and their paraphernalia, which includes their daily meds (and a mortar and pestle to grind up Lucy's pill so we can dunk bits of hot dog into it — she is way too smart to take a pill any other way), dog food, water and food dishes, leashes, tie-outs, and brushes. Oh, and a poop scooping utensil. (Yes, we would take the dogs along on vacation — wouldn't you?)
- Earplugs, just in case*.
- My OWN pillows. I sleep much better with my own down pillows than the lumps provided by hotels/motels/etc.
- Corkscrew and wine bottle re-capper.
- Post card stamps. This simplifies things. Even in these days of Twitter and Facebook and blogs and email, getting a written postcard in the mail is special. (Or so #2 son emailed us when he got our postcard from WY.)
- Sunglasses. I always put these on my list because no sunglasses = misery.
I keep a "Take / To do before we go" list on my computer and update it before every long trip. It has saved my butt and sanity many, many times, and I consulted it for this post. Coincidentally, I am leaving tomorrow for an overnight trip to a conference in eastern WI (where I will get to knit with Vicki! Hi, Vicki!) so this post is a handy refresher on what to bring. (And, no, I am not bringing the dogs along; they only get to go on vacation, not to conferences.)
* Smokey is a vigorous and noisy sleeper — I call it *sleeping with enthusiasm* — and several years ago I found that earplugs ensured pleasant and uninterrupted slumber for me. But on our last vacation, I didn't use them — forgot to put them in on the second night before I crawled into bed and was too lazy to get up. And I slept just fine! Even though we were sleeping in much closer quarters — the back of the van — than we normally do. Go figger. I haven't used them since, except for a couple times when he was putting dishes away in the kitchen at 3 a.m. (what can I say? he is nocturnal) and that woke me up. But I will forever keep earplugs handy… just in case.