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.

packing kitchen sink

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…..

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. March 15, 2013 / 8:21 am

    We’re plotting a week (there’s the mistake, see) in the New Forest. I’m seriously considering hiring a removals van to get us there.

  2. SarahMummy
    March 15, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Brilliant, I am like you. I used to travel nearly every weekend and had packing down to a fine art – a Tshirt, some knickers and a small number of toiletries. Now it’s First Aid kits and thermometers and Calpol, clothes for every season (with spares, you have to be prepared for winter every day AND summer every day), sun cream… Then we end up using about a quarter of the clothes and not touching the first aid kit and the Calpol, but you know damn well if we didn’t have them, we would need them!

  3. March 15, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    I feel your pain! I’m a terrible over-packer! However It was a deep joy when my children became old enough to pack for themselves! Although saying that Splosh did pack to leave home for uni (500 miles away) and forgot to take any socks at all! Don’t forget a compass and bush kit – just in case!

  4. Tas D
    March 15, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I thought I knew how to pack.. Then I had z and list my brains and now I take enough stuff to move house and don’t even use it all! Hope you have a brilliant trip away!

  5. Catherine
    March 15, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    We spent 4 days at the Sherwood Forest Centerparcs at the end of January and I think I packed enough to last a month!

    We are planning on going back in October and I think I will possibly take a stair gate with us… not to block off the stairs but to block access to the kitchen as my son was into EVERYTHING, especially the knife drawer!

    Also I over packed on towels. They provided plenty.

    Have a great time!

  6. March 16, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    ha ha ha, I used to be just like that but then I lost my car and didn’t replace it. Now we have to travel by train and believe me it makes you think twice about packing anything but the absolute bare essentials. It’s really no fun dragging suitcases, kids, pushchairs around train stations and then finding somewhere to put everything on board. 1 suitcase and a backpack each for the kids (and my handbag of course, which will be three times it’s normal weight)
    Have a fantastic holiday, can’t wait to hear all about it. We have to wait until June for ours.

  7. Emily Foran
    March 20, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Hope you had a great time, I know you’re back but I’m behind on reading and goodness knows how long it’ll be until I get to the ‘how it went’ post. ;)) xxx

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