This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is “Ten Things to Take on Vacation.”
And my first response: /blinking at screen
(I had no idea this would be this hard every week. I used to read through the posts, and be heartily amused by the witty people who answered, and I wanted to be part of that. Who knew I wasn’t very funny?)
But, I am unequivocally logical. So let’s break it down into parts:
What is a vacation? (And does this mean that 10 Things to take Camping was not a vacation?)
If vacation = not work then I either go somewhere or I don’t.
If I don’t go anywhere, why do I need to bring anything?
a. the stay-cation: where one does not need to pack a thing
If I go somewhere, where do I go? I have 3 possibilities:
b. Road TRIP! where one brings everything because it is useful to have and fits in the car
And in the middle (of bringing nothing and bringing everything), there are two more possibilities:
c. exotic travel (off the grid) – this list would not include the dog and probably involves some limit to the amount of baggage I can carry
d. a Dude vacation (a.k.a. beach vacation or a cruise or something more mainstream than Antarctica)
So I was trying to figure out what I’d pack for each type of trip and what I’d change for each type of trip.
And then I had an insight. (I like to think of myself as low-maintence.) (Stop laughing!)
No matter where I am. NO matter where I’m going, here’s the list:
Necessities (this list varies – depending on destination)
1. dog (or maybe not. If not, /sad face)
2. reading material (ebook, or audio, or old-fashioned)
3. internet (seems rather light to pack, what with those electrons zipping around, but this requires a computer to access the internet)
4. knitting (an easy-peasy project, something harder, a spare project, something new, and an emergency)
5. appropriate work out gear (sometimes I link this with the canine: IF canine, then this gear. IF no canine, then /sad face and that gear.)
6. writing materials
8. Dude (who packs his own stuff)
In my ideal world: #2, #3 and #6 would all be taken care of with one device (with really good battery life) .
That would leave me with 6 things on my list, two of which are self-locomoting.
And that is enough.
p.s. Something else I learned while contemplating this: my vacations do not generally involve cooking but do involve movement. I would cook more if I had time and it were relatively easy to do (wrt kitchen setup, food supplies …)
Also, at home I have gardens and felines. One doesn’t transport well and the other doesn’t really want to.