As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:
I'm preparing to pack my bags for the Big Event Three, and as I gather what I need I'm thinking about just that: what do I *need* to take with me? As a person who likes to pack light, I worry that in the end I may underpack and wish I had other things with me. I own the gigantor version of the bag to the right, but my morbid fear of having it go astray and not get to the ship means I'm more likely to try to pack it all in a carry-on bag instead, especially since I have a very tight connection on the way to the cruise. But won't I be sorry if I don't bring _______________?
With that in mind, here are five questions about packing to go on a trip.
1) Some fold, some roll and some simply fling into the bag. What's your technique for packing clothes?
I used to be a folder, exclusively, but I've adopted the rolling technique for some clothes and think it works well, especially when I'm trying to fit a lot of things into my smaller rolling bag.
2) The tight regulations about carrying liquids on planes makes packing complicated. What might we find in your quart-size bag? Ever lose a liquid that was too big?
We flew to London right after the threat a few years ago, so you would think that would have made me conscious of tighter regulations. But the next time I flew, I had to go back and beg the counter to check another bag for me because I had packed regular size shampoo and conditioner to take with me to visit St. Casserole, and darn if they weren't in my carry-on bag!
3) What's something you can't imagine leaving at home?
My phone. I can travel without my laptop, but no way would I leave without my phone.
I have two! The one above and the one on the left. The only problem is, I can't use them both on the same trip. (Not enough hands to roll two at a time.)
5) What's your favorite reading material for a non-driving trip (plane, train, bus, ship)?
I love to travel with a novel and a magazine. Sometimes it's a junky magazine, like People. Okay, usually it's a junky magazine…
I used to love picking up a book in the airport bookstore, but these days I'm more likely to plan ahead and get a new title on my Kindle. I don't travel with hard copy books anymore, though I will have the book for the program with me next week.
In January I had to turn the Kindle off inconveniently early before landing, so a magazine that can fill the time/space will be helpful.