A better question is what don't I pack?
One day, maybe Saturday if I win the lottery Friday, I will pack reasonably for a trip. I tend to take everything because I can't make up my mind what I think I'll want to wear in one day or two. I just know in my heart that I'll get to my destination and want for something I forgot. For this trip, I packed way too much for a country vacation. The only thing one really needs are shorts, tees, flip flops and maybe, one nice outfit. A jacket or sweater always comes in handy for the air conditioning.
The reality? I packed a dress, a skirt, jeans, 3 pair of capris, 2 pair of shorts and enough underwear to last a month of Sundays (you never know if you'll need them all.) I wasn't done with the list. Four bras (color choices are important), 2 pair of pajamas, a pair of cargo pants, 2 jackets, one sweater, 8 tee shirts, 4 tank tops, one raincoat, 2 pair of flip flops, 2 pair privo shoes, 1 pair of keens, one pair of brown shoes and a partridge in a pear tree. What the hell? Am I nuts? Of course, I didn't even use 20 percent of what I brought.
I packed speakers for my Ipod and left my Ipod at home. The camera did get remembered. I packed 4 books (5 if you include the sweater pattern book) and read none of them. I took a pair of socks I'm knitting and didn't work on them. I took an extra skein of yarn in case I got productive. I took all my interchangeable knitting needles and forgot I'd brought them. I borrowed a pair from my sister to make a purse from yarn I bought while I was there. The stash I took remains untouched. I was led astray at the yarn store, yet again.
I wasn't done with the packing inventory as we've not yet discussed "products." That would be the shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, 3 kinds of moisturizing creams, makeup, more makeup, hair gel, hair wax, no hair brush (it is short, short, short), more makeup, perfume, a razor, advil, benadryl (I can't sleep in a hotel), thyroid medication and a thermal coffee cup. I remembered my laptop but so did everyone else. It was sort of redundant and I can only say, thank the heavens for wifi.
Let me see, I left Saturday and came home Wednesday and was traveling alone. There was enough packed for a month long stay. In case of a clean panty emergency, this was a home complete with washer and dryer.
After I win the lotto Friday, I'm leaving town with nothing. I'll get what I need once I get to my destination. The buying spree will begin at a car dealership with the purchase of a Ford F350 for packing materials. Certainly, that truck could be filled like the Clampett's truck in no time at all.
Are other people as crazy as me? I hope so. I'd hate to think I'm the only one who packs this way.