I've never packed a suitcase quite like this before. My daughter and I are heading west for the holidays, and packing for this particular trip has been an eye-opener.
One suitcase is for gifts and stocking stuffers. Most of the gifts are handmade knitted items, and I felt a great deal of satisfaction as I realized I'd knit enough goodies for my family to fill an entire suitcase! There's a lot of love in that yarn.
The second suitcase is for my daughter. She'll take care of packing that one herself.
The third is mine, and it's looking different than I expected. Over half of it is filled with exercise clothes: shoes, socks, exercise pants, sports bras, exercise tops, and a sweatshirt. That stuff takes up a lot of room! And I plan to use every bit of it.
For the remaining half, there are the two new "reward" skirts that fit, along with several tops to go with each and two pairs of shoes -- one more casual, one more dressy. Jammies, underwear, and toiletries round out the rest. That's it.
For the plane, some healthy snacks, a water bottle, a book, and lots of knitting.
Looking at it all today, I can't help but smile. This is a very different packing profile than the last time I flew out there for a 10-day trip. That time, I didn't even bring walking shoes! This time, I am prepared to go to my mother's gym, and on the days I don't, I'll take a vigorous walk around their neighborhood. Or go hiking with my sister and brother-in-law.
If all goes as planned, I'll come home feeling as good as when I left ... and that will be a holiday very well spent!
Wishing you all the joys of the season. As each day grows a little bit lighter, so do we.