Over the weekend, we went to the mountains. My parents own a time shared condominium, so we make this trip a couple of times during the year. Because of work responsibilities, we decided to leave Saturday morning. We avoided the Friday night traffic and still had our Friday Family Movie Night tradition. We should have been able to pack a lot less since it was only one night! You would think so, but no such luck.
In order for us to have adult conversations and any chance at a bit of relaxing, we brought the laptop for my son. I know! I know! I hear the judgments about going screen free when you have this opportunity for fresh air and exploring in the woods. My reasoning was…this was my trip away too 🙂
We brought the two dog carriers and the baby gate to avoid the beloved family members from escaping.
We brought more than enough clothes for all of those “what if” scenarios. What if it is hotter than expected? What if it is cooler than usual? What if we spill food on ourselves?
In addition to the clothes, my son’s dairy allergy and constant hunger requires extra food and a cooler. We have learned, that the bag of food must be within arms reach if we don’t want to stop along the way.
We brought our own towels because the provided towels force you to make tough decisions about what body parts get coverage and which ones do not.
We love to play board games and we never know which ones we will “feel like” so bringing just one is out of the question.
We all have medicines that we take and in addition, we always take the “what if” medicines too…fever, vomiting, pain relief, upset stomach, etc.
Finally, we have our bedtime “must haves”…his pillow, his sketch pad, his book, his “pinchy” coat and his relaxing music.
Sometimes, I envy people who can hop in their car and slip away over night with a single tote. Honestly, that isn’t me. Maybe it is also the two dogs and the fact that my TBP likes his things from home to be near him.
PS In all fairness, I think all the packing really helped. My son was occupied enough in the condo and enjoyed swimming and taking the dogs on walks in the woods 🙂