• What’s your packing style?

    Bob Beard
    I have a friend who I have dinner with frequently. He travels domestically quite a bit for work. Invariably, we will have just finished dinner around 9 p.m. and he will say, “Ugh, I have a 7 a.m. flight tomorrow, and I haven’t packed yet.” Beads of sweat start rolling down my forehead (that’s right—my forehead, not his) and I begin to tremble uncontrollably. Seven a.m. flight tomorrow and not packed?! This is unthinkable to me. Not only is it unthinkable, but I might even go so far as to consider canceling the trip. Black rolling bag 89678240

    Clearly, when and how you pack for a trip follows closely the way you do other things. Take my friend for example; always late for things, a procrastinator—carefree. I, on the other hand, would have been packed for that trip at least five days in advance. Type A all the way. And if I had a 2 week trip planned? I start a month before. I suffer from a severe case of “what ifs.” What if I need this or that (never mind that I am almost always going to someplace where a particular item can be purchased). In the end though, everything is perfectly fitted and wrapped tight (see fourth sentence in this paragraph).

    I also find it interesting the way people pack to come home. Do they separate their clean clothes from their dirty clothes? I know one person who purposefully takes his oldest underwear on trips so he can throw them away and have the space for souvenirs. I wonder what housekeeping thinks. Then there is the “dump” method, wherein you simply dump everything in the center of your suitcase, spread it out and hope it all fits. Me? Everything gets put back where it started, folded and all. It is at this point that I reflect on all the garments and things that I brought but never used. I wonder if polo shirts can earn frequent flyer miles?

    So share with me—what’s your packing style?

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