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by VM Brasseur on January 11th, 2009

I’ll be in DC in less than a week and have been creating a list of things which I need to pack. The list has been a work in progress for a short while and today I reviewed it to make sure that I’m on track for having everything I need.

Of the twenty items currently on the list seven are technology-/hardware-related and six have to do with knitting. One is food. One is reading material. The remaining few items are outerwear which I usually wouldn’t need at home (like gloves and a hat).

In all the time I’ve been compiling the list of things to pack I never once considered including little things like shirts and underwear but I’ll go out of my way to specify that I shouldn’t forget my 4GB SD card for my camera. Hmm…

Keep in mind that I don’t check luggage. I have one small carry-on backpack and my small Timbuk2 purse/bag and that’s it. There’s not a lot of room for extraneous stuff. Judging by the list I’ve generated, “extraneous stuff” is defined as “any clothes you’re not wearing when you leave home.” This amuses me to no end. I won’t list that I need to take a change of clothes but I will list which aged gouda I’d like to take with me on the plane and that I need to change my iPhone playlist. This, I think, is me in a nutshell. 🙂

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  1. Dad permalink

    Without clean underwear and clothes, YOU’LL smell like aged gouda. At least you won’t worry about people crowding you in D.C.

  2. Hee! What are you knitting these days? By the way, are you on ravelry? I hope we can get together while you’re around, it would be great to see you!

  3. I just completed a big knitting project (probably post about it tonight) and will be starting a pair of green socks during my imminent trip.

  4. Anneke permalink

    Despite my knowing that you are someone who likes doing things an exact certain way sometimes, and despite having the feeling that this packing thing is one of those times, I’m going to offer the following: a wheeled carry-on bag that fits more than a backpack and has never been judged so large it needs checking. It’s on offer, if you want it. You can tuck your Timbuktu in it while you’re boarding so you still only have your two items (then your backpack could count as your ‘purse’).

  5. The offer is much appreciated but the small backpack is by design. I spend a lot of time walking around with that stuff and the backpack makes that process a helluva lot more comfortable. Plus it does a fine job of limiting the extraneous crap which might otherwise make a trip across country but shouldn’t. If something doesn’t fit and I find I can’t live without it on the other end? I’ll borrow or buy it. But I really gotta need it to do that.

  6. suomynona permalink

    I was sad that I needed to check a bag going to Hawaii for 2 weeks.

    It’s the first 2 week vacation I’ve taken that I’ve needed to do that, but it appears that my photography habit has gotten to the point of causing this. (5 lens, 1 body, tripod, monopod walking stick, battery charger) end up taking significant amount of packing room.

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