And Away We Go….

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about travel.

I love to travel. I also love to plan trips. I’m very good at the planning bit. Typically, there are lists involved. Lots of them.

I like lists.

What I don’t like is packing.

Once upon a time, in a time long before nappies, schedules and car seats, I could throw things into a bag and go. (My favorite kind of trip is still the last-minute kind, I will admit.) Somewhere along the line, however, (quite possibly after I had been vomited upon during a flight, where I remembered to bring a change of baby clothes, but not mommy clothes) I turned into a Boy Scout with a be-prepared attitude.

I’m now a bit of an over packer, I confess, particularly regarding shoes. And since I don’t want to be tied to a small laundry room, fighting for a machine with 1,000 of my closest shipmates…(hey, its my vacation, too!) well…

Yeah. We have a lot of bags.

It’s also annoying to me that I spend a few days going through the kidlings clothes, making sure I have an appropriate number of underpants (I.e, making sure that Pea has all the days of the week in her days-of-the-week panties, jumpers, swimsuits, activity books for the plane, the ever present UNO deck), my darling husband waltzes in at 8pm j on the night before we leave, and annoyedly drawls “um, so where do I put my stuff, asks me again how many dinners he has to dress for (which I’m pretty positive we’ve discussed before, further proof that NO ONE in my house actually listens to me) and goes to bed at 10pm.

Whereas i went to bed at 2 am.

I know. I am my own little list-making OCD worst enemy.

So….

There is a little part of me that says that the best part of any trip is the moment I put the suitcases in the boot/trunk/pick-yer-word-based-on-the-country-you’re-in.

That moment I let out a slow sigh of relief.

My work – the not-fun bit, at least – is done.*

Our next adventure is about to start.

And away we go….

*written in the car on the way to Heathrow, sat between two tired, thirsty, bickering spawn children.

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