We are just days away from a 1,000+ mile road trip to visit our extended family and there is a buzz of excitement in the house. There are a lot of things to do before we leave not the least of which is packing. I’ll be honest, when it comes to our family trips I don’t do much packing. I leave that to Mrs. SuperDad who enjoys the process of planning and organizing trips. Now I do a bit of business travel and I have a very simple formula:
# days * (shirt + pants + socks + underwear) + (deodorant + toothbrush + toothpaste + PJs) = Packed bag
If it is winter I’ll grab a jacket. A week’s worth of clothes in a carryon is no problem. However, packing for a family is much more complicated. The family travel equation looks more like this:
# kids * (snacks + (entertainment * attention span factor) + full travel meal and drink plan + pillow + blanket + tennis shoes + sandals + (9 days * (short + pants + socks + underwear) + (deodorant + toothbrush + toothpaste + PJs) + additional child requirements)) + clothes for parents in whatever space is left = packed van
Now AC is our packing machine. You mention the word trip and she is packing. Sometimes she randomly packs a suitcase just to be ready in case we go somewhere. The only issue is her suitcases are normally heavy on toys and light on clothes. However, this time she actually packed a suitcase full of CLOTHES! She packed her toys in a duffle bag. Right now she only has two bags so the next test is will it stay that way.
All of us are looking forward to the trip. Sure the mini-van will be packed so full that the kids will need to climb over stuff to get out and I’ll feel like I’m in an episode of Hoarders, but we’ll get some quality time together. It is one of the few times a year where Mrs. SuperDad and I actually get more than an hour to sit and talk. We’ll have a goodtime visiting the family, but it is during these times I’m reminded that the journey is just as important as the destination. I hope all of you enjoy your journeys as much as I do. Be safe!