I am sitting here right now avoiding packing. I absolutely hate packing. I love to travel, but packing? Nope. Don’t love it even a little bit. I am not so sure which is even worse…the actual packing or the unpacking and all the laundry that comes with it. You should see me when I pack for one of our Disney trips. You would think by now that packing for a trip like that is easy. Yeah…no. I am a notorious over-packer. Half the stuff I pack I never use, but what if you might need it? Do you want to be caught without band aids and safety pins? No. You never know when you are going to need things. I take twice as much stuff as I probably need. I could never be one of those people who backpack through Europe with a pair of jeans and a toothbrush. Nope. First off that requires lots of outside time and I am such an indoor girl. But for traveling? Such an over-packer.
Take for example our recent four-day trip to Disneyland. I need five shirts right? No I need like ten. Yup. Ten. I might wanna change or if I spill on one and don’t want to walk around with Dole Whip on my boob all day so this requires twice the amount of shirts. Pants? Now pants can be worn for days, especially jeans or jean capris. Yeah so maybe three. Then since I never know the weather, this will require two hoodies and a rain jacket (none of which I will use of course). Double the unders and socks just in case and the unders need to match the bras which need to match the shirt choices. Jammies. You can’t forget jammies (well I have before but let’s not get into that). An extra pair of shoes in case you get wet on a ride and need to change shoes. Unless you are into walking around with squishy shoes. I am not. Oh we haven’t even gotten to the toiletries and makeup. Ugh. I fill a huge suitcase on my own. Now let’s remember that BFF and I drive to Disneyland. This now requires 2 coolers full of water and other drinks since we are driving across the desert and you never want to be without water doing that. It is an 8 hour trip so this will require lots of snacks (most of which we wont eat because we know where to stop and get different crap). I also need a smaller bag for the first night so I don’t have to take the bigger bag into that hotel. OH! Let’s not forget hair bows and headbands, watches and jewelry and all the things you need when you are old (like bengay, heat patches and pain meds). Lastly, there needs to be a bag full of electronics for the car. Things like the portable blu-ray player and movies, kindle, chargers, ipod, and whatever else is needed to keep BFF occupied while she is the passenger. This is how we ended up with eleven bags for bell services to hold when we checked in. Eleven bags between the two of us. Sigh. So ridiculous.
This trip I am currently packing for is different. It is a book signing so this require so much more than just the basics. Luckily, I don’t have to pack books to take to the signing as one of my friends lives there and I shipped them to her. Whew. That would be a whole extra bag. And a heavy one at that. Ugh. But my big suitcase is already mostly full and I haven’t even put in clothes yet. I have to pack my banner, bookmarks and candy, trays and markers, cash and money bag and cups/water bottles and t-shirts (YES!! I got t-shirts!). Speaking of t-shirts, I did a thing and had custom Fat Girl Running shirts made. If you are in my fan group on Facebook (and why aren’t you?) then you already have the opportunity to order shirts at special prices. Fat Girl Nation is the place to be I tell you so get in there! Shirts will be up here on the blog on the merchandise form! How cute are these shirts? Made by Mockingbird Apparel, these shirts say “I didn’t die today” on the front and my branding on the back. Her shop is awesome and full of nerdy shirts galore. I can’t wait to see pics of you guys wearing your shirts! But first, I must go finish packing. I shall fill you all in on the signing when I get back.
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did however procrastinate packing and wish I could pack lighter but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl over-packer now with custom t-shirts Running. The experiment continues…