There’s kind of a ballet to getting ready to travel and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a bit for work so I have my routine down pretty pat. I don’t even need a written list any more; the checklist has been absorbed and easily accessed. I even went to my WW meeting yesterday instead of today because I didn’t want to blow it off and knew today would be very full; I had an all day retreat for work before coming home to finish everything up.
I packed on Tuesday so I could get to sleep early tonight for a 2:30am trip to the airport, and did laundry on Sunday so the “line dry” clothes were actually dry and ready to pack. Toiletries are a snap because I keep a travel bag fully stocked with my usual products ready to just drop into the suitcase; the bag gets refilled when I come back from a trip to make this part go faster.
The iPod is fully charged and the cell phone and digital camera batteries are charging even as I type. Boarding passes and parking lot web coupons are printed and stowed in my ruthlessly organized purse (a lovely Dolce & Gabbana knockoff from a recent NYC trip). Books for my dad are in my suitcase; airplane books are in my purse and CPAP bag, along with a week’s worth of medications in those tidy little pill box strips. And a picture of Tessie, in case I get lonely.
I started thinking about food a week ago because I don’t want leftovers or smelly trash, so today’s pickings were kind of weird. I made a little sandwich of baby swiss cheese on a potato roll and cut up two apples to take along for breakfast and a snack, since it’s unlikely anything will be open in the airport before we board at 5:45. I could be wrong about that, but why take the chance? And there’s a Fiber One Oats & Caramel bar tucked along as well. No excuse to grab candy or other nibbles.
There’s a big bottle of Diet Coke in the fridge because I know I’m going to need caffeine to stay awake on my trip to the airport. As long as the bottle is empty, I can bring it with me through security and fill it with water on the other side to take on board.
Tomorrow night at this time – shoot, by lunch time – I’ll be in Texas with my parents and will have a chance to check on my mom and dad and see how they’re holding up. We’ll have a quiet visit including a post-op follow-up trip to the doctor on Monday. I’m really glad I can be there.
So I’m ready to go and will be heading for bed as soon as this CSI rerun is over because I am so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open. I’ll check in when I can from the road.