This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is “Ten Things to Take on Vacation.” Vacation? I’ve almost forgotten what one is! No, not really, but my time off never happens at a “traditional” time of year, like Summer or Thanksgiving or Christmas. That’s when I’m busiest at the bookstore. So I take my days when I can grab a few, usually in the Fall or early Spring.
I love a good road trip. What do I pack?
- Knitting. An easy-peasy project, plus one that requires a little more attention. And maybe one more, just in case.
- My iPod and iPhone. There are always a few audiobooks on mine, along with my music.
- A book to read, not just listen to. And a book of crossword puzzles to help me fall asleep at night.
- The basics, like my toothbrush and toothpaste, and enough underwear.
- My own pillow, if possible. If I’m staying in a hotel, the pillows are not always comfy enough.
- My laptop. I like being connected. I just do.
- My camera, along with the cord that connects it to the laptop, and a spare battery. I don’t want to miss anything.
- The GPS that Judy gave me for Christmas after I got lost in The Bronx on the way home from the KR Retreat last year. It’s as much for her peace as it is for my peace of mind, since a panicked call to her office that ends up with a coworker giving me turn-by-turn directions to find my way out of there should happen only once.
- Warm socks and gloves and an extra sweater. If I’m driving, what’s an extra tote bag or two? I want to be warm enough. And if I get lost in The Bronx again, I won’t freeze.
- A little bag of trail mix, apples, crackers, and stuff like that. And water. See rationale behind #9, above. You just never know.