It all starts with a list…
As I mentioned in the last post, years ago I created what I like to think of as my “universal packing list”. It has any items necessary for our trips: winter/cold weather, summer/hot weather, camping, and so on.
This is not necessarily where I begin, however. Usually it starts with a lot of daydreaming at my desk, or in the middle of the night, when I’ll get inspired by what I’d like to bring with me and I start jotting those ideas down. This is usually a messy process that requires me to create charts and ruin a lot of perfectly good sheets of loose leaf paper. Then, after several “drafts” of my packing list, I’ll create a neatly typed version and put it someplace I will be able to access it easily.
In this case, I taped it into my travel journal, which I use more as a planning map than I do a journal. Even for me, this felt like a lot of items to carry and I was worried that it might not fit in my 21″ carry-on, which is the only suitcase I plan on bringing for myself. I’m usually pretty ambitious about how much I can fit in a small bag, and remain under weight requirements, but Florida is pretty straight forward in terms of weather during this time of year — hot, hot, wet, rainy, hot, hot. Easy enough to prepare for, because even when it’s wet and rainy it’s still hot. Therefore, my next step was to just lay everything out and see what I was actually dealing with.
I prefer to get most of my travel sized toiletries from Harmon Discount Beauty Supply stores. I just think they have a better and larger selection than my local CVS and Stop & Shops. Robert and I will buy shaving cream and sunscreen when we get down there, because between the both of us for 8 days we will use a full size bottle, or nearly so, of each. He will obviously be bringing his own deodorant and razor, which isn’t pictured here.
I will actually pack the box the magic bands came in, and very likely put our reservation paperwork and other Disney related paperwork and information in the bottom of the box. I’d just rather have everything in one place, in the event that the magic bands get finicky.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my packing process. It’s still a little early so this was just a dry run, I will have to add the shoes I plan to bring, but the general idea will remain the same. Share your packing tricks in the comment section if you feel like sharing, I’d love to hear how you prepare for quick trips!