Unlike last year when I went to Paris with just a (very over-stuffed) bookbag, I’m realizing that I will have to actually pack luggage this time around. This 2.5 week vacation is making me realize I will need to pack much more than I had initially expected.
It’s odd, because I’m probably packing just about the same quantity of clothing (since I’ll have access to washing machines). But now the extra time there is making me realize the little things I need to include – and they’re just adding up.
For example, last time I just didn’t shave while I was there. There’s no way I can avoid shaving for two and a half weeks so this means I need to bring my beard trimmer…and it’s charger. Last time I just brought my electric Sonic toothbrush. This time, I’ll need to bring the charger. Same goes for my iPod (actual MP3 player plus charger and cord) and digital camera (camera, batteries, wires to connect to computer, blank discs to save photos to).
I’ll need nail clippers this time around. And don’t forget the additional drugs (Flonase, Ativan, aspirin, multi-vitamins, Airborne). And Mike and I will probably partake of the nightlife in both Paris and London (something I didn’t do last time) which means additional “night time” clothes and shoes.
A longer trip also means I’ll need more reading materials (books, magazines).
Finally, Mark (who we’ll be staying with) has shipped some items to me (from American companies) that he wants me to bring to Paris for him (saves him shipping charges). Add in my passport, guide books, euros, pounds, clothes, snack foods and water for the flight and I’m going to be bursting at the seams with “stuff”.
I used to think I was such a simple guy. I think I was wrong.
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