Holiday Packing

20 Jul

One of my pet hates is packing for holidays. Don’t get me wrong – I love holidays, I adore holidays, I want to be on holiday all the time, but I really hate packing.

My husband travels quite a bit with work so has packing down to a fine art and can’t understand why I get so stressed. Maybe it’s the weeks of preparation – do the kids have clothes and sandles to fit; will last year’s trunks do or I need to drag my boys to the shops; can I stand another trip to New Look with my daughter; do we have all the medication we will require for two weeks?

In theory things are easier now – the kids are more or less old enough to pack for themselves, and there are always shops where we’re going (no matter how prepared I am, we rarely/never have a family holiday without a trip to the pharmacy). I’ve also found that having a large glass of wine before I even reach for my case really helps with the stress levels. This year I’m packing over two, if not three days, which I think might be a good idea, so staying sober, and taking things in stages.

After the clothes and toiletries are packed (books always go in first), I’ve taken a wee bit of time to think about what I might achieve writing-wise on holiday. I’m not taking my computer, so writing huge chunks of my novel is not going to happen – it is a holiday after all. But writing gives me pleasure, and having some time to indulge is wonderful, so I’ve packed my Mslexia and Writing Magazine, my notebook and a couple of writing maps from Write Around Town. I’ve also noted down written prompts from the photos of on Creative Writing Ink – in case I can’t see them on my phone in the bright Portuguese sun.

So I’m hoping for a few flash pieces, maybe a short story and some notes/scenes for my novel.

Note to Burglars (from a paranoid blogger): I’ve scheduled this to appear after I’m home, so no coming round trying to rob me.

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