Good morning! Wow, we are half-way through July. That’s crazytown. Sorry to be Captain Obvious, but sometimes I just have to say it out loud.
Life is funny. You can spend so much time and energy anticipating big events, major milestones, personal accomplishments, etc. And then when you get to the other side, it’s like, how did that happen so fast? Where does the time go?
Ever since we started planning this trip to Italy, I was looking ahead to July and wondering how on earth I was going to juggle everything I had going on in May and June and the first half of this month, and if we would ever actually go. And here we are!
I spent a large part of yesterday finalizing my packing list and figuring out how to fit everything I want to bring to Italy for 10 days into my Away Carry-On and Away Everywhere Bag. I was shocked that I actually did it without sacrificing anything major.
If I wanted to carry the Away Medium, I would certainly love to add a few more shoe and bag options and the dual voltage travel hairdryer I purchased for this trip, but I doubt I’ll need or want them once I get there. We’re visiting three cities in 10 days, and it will be much easier with all carry-on size suitcases. That’s still a lot of luggage, when you consider there are five of us, and some of us (ahem) have a rather large personal bag as well.
The bigger issue is getting my girls on board, so that’s our next task. Paul and I are both about 9/10 of the way packed and ready to go, but we need to help them get their stuff together.
I’ve never packed this far in advance of a trip before, but I can see the value in it! It gives me time to get feedback, rethink my packing strategy, and double and triple check my packing list to be sure we have everything we need. I still have to decide what I’m going to do about a hat and a reusable water bottle. (I think I’m just going to grab one of my favorite Swell 17 oz. bottles — unless I should carry something that’s lighter weight.)
Does anyone have something else they recommend? This one looks cool, but I’m not sure I need the collapsable feature, so maybe more trouble than it’s worth? I mean, neither is going to fit in my crossbody. I’ll either carry it or stash it in my husband’s backpack.
Okay, I need to get a move on here. It’s a rainy day, and hard to get motivated to get dressed and out the door, but I don’t want to miss church today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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