The Gulf Coast Paradise we are getting ready to head back to this coming weekend is calling our names...
... and I'm very much looking forward to doing a lot of this!
But before we can head out of Alaska, the challenge of packing for a family of 5 has to happen.
Let's be real for a second - if it was just me, packing would be a cinch. One small bag, a purse, some light reading and some iPod music, right?
Things would look a lot like this:
I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that most women & men think about packing for a trip, well... differently.
I've been making a list for a month; Brian keeps asking what day we are leaving.
I started packing for the kids last weekend; Brian will start thinking about packing on Friday night.
I've been planning airplane activities for the kids for weeks; Brian will focus on packing flip-flops & underwear.
Plain and simple... planning, packing & worrying are completely different between women & men.
And let's not even get started on what the kids suitcases would/could/might look like if I left them to their own devices - rest assured, I would never do that.
This is exactly what their bags would resemble:
And then there's the never ending worry that we are going to pack too much.
I'm relieved to know that every where we are staying - beach condo & with family - laundry can be done which will eliminate the need for (hopefully) packing the kitchen sink and thus avoiding us looking like this at the airport next weekend:
Packing for paradise might not always be easy...
but I'm so excited to be vacationing where I don't need to wear snow boots, use my seat warmers in the car or worry about shoveling the driveway & sidewalks before I can leave the house.
Bring on the sun, sand, warm weather and loved ones we have missed!