Preparing for trip not easy

May. 07, 2013 @ 05:53 AM

As I prepare to leave Thursday for Amherst, Mass., I find myself asking more travel questions that I usually do.

Now, I have done my fair share of traveling.

Whether it is for the rare occasion that I vacation somewhere that requires a flight or perhaps I am traveling for my job, I consider myself to be a fairly experienced traveler.

But, with my obsessive compulsive disorder (I kind of kidding about this but, kind of not) I like to prepare early to give myself plenty of time for the unexpected.

While Amanda and I are leaving on Thursday and this trip is very small in scope, I started packing on Sunday.

There were, of course, the obligatory questions such as what the weather is going to be?

What time does the flight leave?

What time does the flight arrive?

Is the rental car reserved?

You know … the basics of any excursion.

But, I’m also asking about the correct travel size of items to carry in my bag. Is this shampoo the right size or will TSA deem it illegal and confiscate my Aussie hair care products?

Usually, I don’t concern myself too much with my packing. I don’t roll my clothes up in a certain manner to allow for maximum space or anything like that.

Basically, I pack outfits. Here is what I will wear this day and that day and that is the extent of my organization.

“I’m going to put my makeup with your stuff,” Amanda told me.

“Wait … what?”

I had to double-take a bit. I guess I was really not used to anyone packing “their” stuff with mine.

Well, that threw everything into a loop for me, the organized traveler.

But, I tried to accommodate the find a way to acquiesce the request … of course all without rocking back and forth in the fetal position on the floor.

I got through it and accommodated the space required for a flat iron, make-up and whatever else was required to get through the weekend.

Now, I am just trying to get through the week, taking deep breaths and building up the excitement for the upcoming trip.

As for Amanda’s stuff, I am learning to share my packing space but it is a routine that I will keep working on getting used to.


Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @UMass_MClark or @TDCMatt