Surprise! On Tuesday afternoon I’ll be on my way to Sydney for a 2 week holiday! Without the kids! Without TSH! It was a bit of a last-minute decision but after finding a super cheap air ticket and heavy negotiations with TSH, we went with it.
How will I cope without seeing the kids for 2 weeks. PRETTY DARN GOOD, I can tell you. It will not be a problem. They will have more ‘daddy time which they will love and I’ll have more ‘me’ time, which I love. It’s win win for all.* I’ll be sleeping in, shopping with my mum and visiting all my favourite Sydney restaurants with my sister. And thanks to the upside of global warming, Sydney is experiencing unseasonably warm spring weather so lazing on the beach is also on my horizon.
Today is packing day so I’m planning what to bring. I did some research for this post and stumbled upon some packing tips from www.aluxurytravelblog.com. (This trip will be definitely non-luxury, I booked the cheapest ticket and hence will be literally flying around the world for 33 hours before landing in Sydney, however I do have the feeling the holiday still counts as luxury as I will be doing it all without kids.)
1. Roll, don’t fold – you will actually fit in more clothes if you roll them up very tightly and then tightly pack into your case. What about my usual ‘chuck it’ method whereby I just check everything in and need to sit on the suitcase to close it. I don’t want to break with tradition.
2. Make a list – before you even contemplate reaching for suitcase, plan what you will wear by day and what can go with what and stick to it! Apostrophe’s make me nervous, I will not be sticking! to anything. Planning what I will wear day-by-day seems far too much work at this stage so I don’t see any list making in my immediate future.
4. Plan to wash – it’s really easy to wash some of your items mid holiday. I’ll be staying with my mum. Nuff said, if anyone will be washing, it’s not gonna be me.
5. Buy when you get there – you can buy some consumable items when you get there – saving you even more space! I’ll be buying more than consumable items let me tell you now.
6.Wear your bulkiest items – if you’re really struggling to pack everything wear it! Layer up. I’m leaving all my bulkiest items I usually wear with my husband so it should be fine.
7. Fragile items – pack any electricals in the centre of your case, cocooned by soft clothes. The most fragile item in all of this will be TSH but I’ll deal with that upon return.
Is it time to pack now or should I leave it to one hour before departure and just stuff shit loads of crap into a suitcase before flying out the door and leaving my passport on the kitchen bench?
*Not for TSH, sucked in.