“The Art and Science of Packing Light,” is the sub-title of the site One Bag Packing List. That’s not us, but we sure do try. Every time we set off on a journey, I download a packing list. The one bag list covers everything including the kitchen sink. I need to customize it before it’s used for not all that stuff will fit in my travel bag. ”Rick Steves’ Europe, through the back door”, is fractionally more user friendly, but that’s what Steve’s does is make friends to make money. This time, I downloaded both even though we are not heading to Europe.
Why? Last time we traveled….all the way to Alaska to see Seedy’s, I forgot to pack a hairbrush. I’ll always forget something, but hopefully never again will I forget a hairbrush. The Ryndam offered only a children’s brush.
Since we are not headed to the civilized world of Rick Steves, nor are we headed to the far wilds of the One Bag packer, our needs differ slightly from these lists. The warmth of Mexico on a cruise ship calls for one blingy dress, shoes to match, and Southern California Stuff for 8 days. Frankly, I’m not good at this.
Yesterday I counted out meds, bra’s, and underwear….simple tasks. I really don’t want to wash underwear by hand. Eight of this and eight of that. First aid kit is built, and the new Father Tim book has been added to the pile. My problem this time is what to wear. Weather reports say it’s 80+ degrees down in Mexico, but up here the day outside is in the low fifties.
Mother used to design her own clothes using a little Bonita dressmaker. I use Amvets, The discovery Shop, and JC Pennay’s. My job, as I see it, is to make myself look as if my wardrobe came from Rodeo Drive….with my tongue in my cheek.
Mother cruising the south seas wearing a royal blue evening dress. In the black and white shot to the right, she is dancing on the left side of the picture with her back to us. There was a cape that went with this dress.