Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Packing for Ireland
Let's be honest with each other. We all have our faults. Mine is procrastination...among a few others. I get excited about a big trip, research all about it: what I should bring, how I should pack, etc. Then the procrastination sets in and I just don't pack. I think about it. I fantasize about it. I just don't do it.
We packed the day before leaving for our trip to Ireland. This caused me quite a bit of stress but I just couldn't bring myself to do it before. I kept going back and forth about whether I should use one of the larger checked bags or just try to do a roll-a-board. I don't know what I was thinking. I'm not high maintenance by any stretch of the imagination but I do want to wear different clothes each day. I also don't have a lot of clothes that you can wash in sinks and line dry by the next day, so it's not like I could pack 2
t-shirts and a pair of pants for a 10 day trip.
9 pairs of underwear
2 sets of PJs
8 pairs of socks
1 colorful scarf
2 pairs of shoes
Meds, including motion sickness Rx in case either of us didn't do well on the flight (we didn't need it)
Castile soap (if we needed to sink-wash anything, for body wash, and face wash)
Moisturizer & eye cream
Evian Mister to wake me up on the plane (this sounds just stupid but honestly, it was really, really nice to help me feel human again on the plane)
Makeup (I wore this about half the time)
2 pairs earrings
Body loofah (I had read that many hotels in Europe don't have wash clothes because it's thought of as too personal. We encountered the same thing, only one of our hotels had them)
Shampoo & conditioner
Packing lessons learned:
1) Make sure you don't leave anything hanging over the shower rail. This is how I ended up with only 1 pair of jeans (the one I wore to the airport).
2) Yes, your outfits deserve thought but if you're going somewhere where the weather necessitates wearing a jacket, make sure you like your jacket. I'm wearing my jacket in pretty much every picture.
3) If a beauty product doesn't work for you at home, it probably won't work for you on vacation. I always think those face wipes will be great (and I don't think they count as liquid) but they almost always break me out. I tried taking them to Ireland and guess what? They broke me out! I ended up using the castile soap and making sure I moisturized well.