The amount of clothes 5 people need to pack for a two week trip is ridiculous. Basically, our closets and dressers are bare. We’ve packed shorts and sandals and bathing suits and fancy clothes and curling irons and snacks and iPods and maps and chewing gum. Apparently two weeks is the new 2 months.
There are a few things we didn’t pack. I decided that it would be worth it to just leave certain items at home and purchase new ones when we get across the country. Across the country… you’d think we were traveling to a different country. Hey, New Jersey… you’ve got a Target, right? Good. Then we’ll just buy what we need there. Shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, hair spray… the stuff that is way too heavy to pack (and just might put us over the 50 lb. limit) can be bought there. Seriously, we will totally go through it all in 2 weeks. Remember, 5 people.
My biggest fear is getting to the car rental place and them not having the mini-van we need. There will be a total of 6 of us, with 6 large suitcases, 6 tote bags, assorted purses, computers and camera bags. This isn’t all going to fit. David things he can do it. He might squeeze it all in but then we might need to tie a kid or two to the roof. Pretty sure that’s still illegal in New Jersey.
What made me think taking a red-eye was a smart choice?
Now that we’re packed, we still have an entire day to get through. Without messing up the house again. So I don’t have to clean it again. Because I really hate cleaning.
So far the flight is on time. Virgin America, I’m counting on your to make this an uneventful plane ride for my children who are slightly nervous to fly. Oh, they’ve flown before… but that was years ago and they were too young to really remember. So this is their first “I remember” flight. Let’s not have any of those nasty turbulence, ‘kay? And let’s make sure the mini TV’s in all their seats are working just fine, ‘kay? Because you really don’t want the drama of my girls fighting over which seat they are going to sit in because their TV doesn’t work. And bring them all Cokes to drink. Because they are all looking forward to watching some midnight TV and drinking soda. Which will mean that landing at 5:45 am will be an utter joy for me with my kids on the no-sleep, all-coked-up plan. What a way to start a vacation.