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Wednesday, February 06, 2021

There’s no getting around it: I hate packing a bag for a trip.

Because I suck at it. If I’m taking a short trip, I tend to overpack. If I’m taking an extended trip, I tend to underpack. I’m heading out of town tomorrow for a little under a week — which I’d characterize as a medium-sized sojourn. So maybe I’ll hit the just-right baggage capacity for this one.

But I doubt it.

And of course, there’s always the fear of forgetting the phone charger or some other can’t-live-without item. Even though I never do. Or when I do, it’s something easily replaceable like toothpaste. It’s a peculiar strain of traveler’s anxiety, I know.

The ideal would be for me to head for the airport with nothing but the clothes on my back (and whatever’s in the pockets of the same). For that to work, it’d have to be pretty much a 1-2 day trip, which negates the purpose of traveling for pleasure in the first place.

Still, I’m tempted to go that route tonight, despite the length of my time away. Anything to avoid this odious task, represented by the still-empty travel bag. Or at least pack super-light, then just buy whatever I need during my stay in Tampa Bay. My itinerary is loose enough that I could conceivably wing big chunks of it. The temptation is there…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/06/2021 07:30:02 PM
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