I sat down this moment to write a post in hopes it will help me to off load some of the anxiety I’m feeling as it relates to packing for Saturdays trip. Writing helps to put things into perspective. Honestly, even as I type I feel the need to hyperventilate fading away. Here’s hoping 🙂
I’m a bit OCD/anal and for weeks leading up to a vacation I start to pile things I need for vacation into a tote as I think of them. I make lists, I download books to my e-reader, etc etc.
OK…..so this year we decided to use a carry on back pack style (for each of us). We are doing this because once we arrive in Mexico we are spending some time moving from place to place via bus and water taxi. After spending a lot of time researching on the net we decided to purchase two Tortuga Travel Backpacks. They are only available online but once received we were fairly happy with what we got. Lots of little pockets and security features. The ability to carry it like a suitcase with back pack straps tucked in. Not flashy bags so you don’t look like a rich tourist. Just what we were looking for.
This morning I pulled everything out and started trying to squeeze them all in to my pack. However does one decide what they what to wear before you get there???? We will be on small islands most of the time so I imagine it will be breezy (they are narrow..you can see from one shore to the other). Looking at the temps, it’s not looking crazy hot and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of humidity. So…walk clothing, beach clothing, after beach clothing, dinner clothing, tees, tanks, nicer tops, sweater, sundresses, shorts, capris, skort, sandals, hat, belt….yadda yadda 🙂 undies, socks (we hike a lot)…..
Did I mention, CPAP machine (I have obstructive sleep apnea and it doesn’t count toward carry on, but I don’t want to bring it’s big case, so I’m packing it in my bag….my little laptop (can’t live without a keyboard), e-reader, extra glasses, contac lenses, sunglasses….does the list ever stop? Nope, it does not – day pack, toiletries, earrings, passports, cash.
OK…this is all this stuff on the table – doesn’t fit in the pack *yet*…….that’s my travel purse on the left….kind of um…tree huggerish…but it’s VERY functional!
Sure, it looks closed – but the stuff beside it needs to go into it – plus the CPAP and a bathing suit and another tshirt and it needs to be max 22 lbs with a ‘size’ of
|Economy Class||Option Plus||Club Class|
|Weight||10 kg (22 lb)||10 kg (22 lb)|
|Dimensions||23 x 40 x 51 cm (9 x 16 x 20 in) (including wheels and handles)|
It has some nice features…great little zippered things that I don’t have the room to fit anything into 🙂 OH JOY.
Stay tuned for Saturday’s post that tells you whether once fully packed I was actually able to carry this onto the plane or not!