I'm a bad packer. No news there. But what I realized this morning as I was standing in the shower, already berating myself for the overpacking I know is to come, is that the longer the duration of my trip, the better packer I appear to be. This is because the majority of my packing woes come from personal care items. I'm not a clothes horse and I can get by with one or two pairs of shoes so on long trips I do pretty well. But I fill three tote bags with hair and body care items whether I go on a 3-week trip or an overnight jaunt. Doesn't matter. I need the exact same amount of stuff.
Here's just a little sample of what it takes to get me through a 24-hour period:
- straightening shampoo and conditioner
- leave-in conditioner for non-shampoo days
- shaving creme
- body wash
- Leave in curly or straightening formula, depending on hair choice for the day
- Moroccan oil for hair
- Olive oil spray to be applied for shine after hair is flat-ironed
- face soap
- face moisturizer
- under-eye creme (non-negotiable!)
- foot creme
- body lotion
- nail kit
- cotton balls
- eye makeup remover
- lip balm
- round brush
- toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash
And I haven't even started in on make-up, ponytail holders, jewelry, clothes, etc.
I love traveling by car as it means I don't have to fool with the little plastic bottles from hell where I can't tell my conditioner from my face soap. I pack full-size everything and just say the heck with it. It's vacation and I want my stuff around me. Who knows when I might want to use a heavy hand with the Moroccan oil or decide to give myself a manicure?
When Blair packs for a trip, he takes a small zippered black bag that he keeps pre-packed in the closet with all the personal care items he needs and tosses into a suitcase next to his clothes.
Whatever. More space in the suitcase for me.