I still remember the excitement of going to visit my cousins when I was younger. Usually going to San Juan meant an overnight trip, so my mom got to pack the bags and make sure we had everything we could possibly need without taking the kitchen sink.
Although there was this one time we did have to take the kitchen sink, because my uncle was going to use it in his work shed. But that’s another story.
You may think that packing a bag or a suitcase requires no skill, but you would be wrong. You aren’t using Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, which means you have a finite amount of space to use so you have to pack accordingly. However, there are some things one should never do without when doing an overnighter.
Never Leave Home Without It
Specifically, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. You can do without everything else, but these are non-negotiable.
#4– Extra socks
No one likes sweaty feet.
#3– Pain medication
Better safe than tripping on someone else’s meds.
#2– Sweater or light jacket
I don’t know of anyone that has been able to predict the weather correctly. Ever.
#1– Reading material
Just because you are visiting someone, doesn’t mean you have to be a Chatty Cathy. And nothing works as a shield better than reading some deep literature, like Zen, and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Tried and true.
And with that, I’m off to get medicated against the pollen count, put on an extra pair of socks so my toes don’t break off from frostbite, and hope to Hades I don’t need to clean the mouse cage. Have a good one! 🙂