When I was younger I once went to Holland for the weekend with a toothbrush in the front pocket of my dungarees, and some clean knickers, an eyeliner and a spare t-shirt in my handbag. That was it. That constituted my entire packing for a 3 day trip. Admittedly I was a grimy musician in a cowpunk band at the time, and unencumbered by dependent humans.
I miss those days.
We are going away for 3 nights. Three. One, two, three.
So why do I appear to have rammed virtually everything in our house into an array of overnight bags, carrier bags, and a Gruffalo suitcase.
In the past I used to think 'Feck it, if I forget something I will just buy it there' , now I find myself stuffing that 'emergency portable limb amputation kit' into a side pocket of a kit bag, just in case.
The time of year doesn't help. It is going to rain, which mean the boys in particular need about 17 changes of clothes each. We don't need cots or high chairs, as the fab Center Parcs provides them all. Bloody lucky really, seeing as I would have to remove the alligator wrestling safety equipment to fit them in.
I have spare shoes, and spare wellies, and coats for if it is warm-ish, and coats for if it is cold, and umbrellas, and sun cream (I am really bloody optimistic). I have by far more electronic gadgetry than NASA used to get to the moon, as we each require a laptop or an iPad, or a DS to keep us amused at some point over the weekend.
I have a 'few' small toys for amusing the small and the middle, and a whole additional human being to ensure the teen doesn't get fed up.
I have wine for the grown-ups. Essential.
The towels required for 6 people fill the boot by themselves.
I really must stop picking things up and cramming them into already ram-packed crannies. There is definitely no situation that a St Peters snowglobe is going to be required. Is there?!!
How do you decide what you need? Are you a list maker? A pruner of requirements? Or like me do you not think it though until the last minute and then throw a million items in 'just in case'?
Anyway. Can't sit around here chatting, I need to find my night-vision goggles, you never know when they might come in handy.....