Posted by: thegladtraveler | March 16, 2011

The Night Before “The Great American Road Trip”

Sunset in Alabama

The night before I leave on a trip is such a challenging time for me.   It seems to be true whether I am flying to Thailand for a two-week mission trip or packing the car for a week in a mountain cabin.

After all of the years of loving to travel, one would think I would have it down to a science.

I remember reading an article by Martha Stewart about the perfect way to pack.  Her first class ticket included room for “only the essentials” which included, much to my amusement and jealousy, a beige cashmere pashmina.  This one piece of clothing could transform like a magician from a fashionable scarf to a full-fledged blanket.  Of course, I have been on the lookout for one every since.  For some reason, they just don’t seem to carry them at Target or Costco.

I think the problem with “the night before” is that I lean toward perfectionism.  I want to have everything I might need.  Need is a strong word.  I think the truth is… I want to have everything I might want.  I mean really, who knows if I will be in the mood for spearmint or peppermint gum?  What if a cold spell hits and I need a warmer sweater?  Will it match the outfits I packed?  I can make myself a little crazy with all of this.

So finally, at some point, and tonight, it is only 9:30 P.M., and I am drawing a line.  No more!  I will find it along the way, or (heaven forbid) I’ll do without!  There, I feel freer already!

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