My husband and I go on a ridiculous amount of weekend trips. It seems like we’re always packing a carry-on to go somewhere. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at packing for those 3-day weekends, and I’m pretty proud of it — though, I must admit, having a capsule wardrobe definitely helps.
But… the one thing I will always and forever overpack are…
You all know that I am constantly armed with a physical book, what kind of book blogger would I be if I didn’t? And when it comes to packing for trips, I pack a back-up book. Even if I haven’t even started the first book. And a back-up for the back-up book.
My thought process? “Well, it’s a 3+ hour plane ride. What if the book is so great that I end up finishing it before we land?! (Has never happened.) I must pack a back-up book, just in case. Well, we’re gone for a full 3+ days, and what if I end up finishing the back-up book too?! (Has never happened.) I must pack a third!”
THREE BOOKS. ONE TRIP. ALWAYS.
When we left for our honeymoon in Japan, we were dead set on packing carry-on only. Yep, for a 10 day trip. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be! And with just one purse, and one carry-on, I decided to take my iPad. But guess how many books I pre-loaded it with? FIVE. For a 10 day trip (and two very lengthy 13+ hour flights). I got nervous that I’d finish everything on the plane, and then I’d kick myself wondering why I didn’t pre-load more.Guess how many I ended up getting through? Halfway through one book, and about one-tenth of a second book. Great job, Dar!
You know, some people are chronic over-packers, and pack 5 pairs of shoes that they never wear. And others are chronic book-over-packers. And I fall into the latter category. I’m OK with it though.