You'd think that, for someone on the road as often as I, I'd have it down to an exact science.
You see, we always travel by truck - a 15-foot box truck. I'm used to being able to pack anything and everything I might ever possibly conceive of needing. Snacks, beads, books, magazines, 4 different kinds of hand lotion, 9 pair of shoes - how the hell will I know what shoes I feel like wearing next week?! Bring 'em all!
Not like Mark - he's a packing genius. Loading our truck to get to and from a show is like Truck Tetris - every single thing fits *exactly* in it's place - by the time he's done, you could scarcely slip a piece of paper into the truck - it's that tight.
|is the truck half-full or half-empty?|
I carefully laid out everything I thought I'd need. Clothes that don't wrinkle. Dark colors and prints, so as to not show dirt and coffee spills. 1 pair of walking shoes, 1 pair of sandals.
Laptop, Kindle, Camera, Beads. Just a few - 2 tubes of 11/0s, Fireline, Tulip needles, some mini scissors, and a small bead mat.
Plenty of extra space in my suitcase for purchases & souvenirs.
I can do this!
Then it took me 4 hours to pack my jewelry and toiletries.
To pack a quart-sized baggie with toothpaste and mascara and conditioner and Olay Night Resurfacing Elixir.
4 hours to pack some casual jewelry.
I picked and chose. I changed my mind. Will I wear these earrings? Is this necklace too fancy for rural China? Yes, I DO need all the new Crystal Clay jewelry I made the other day! Do I need 5 cuff bracelets?
I put it in a smallish case. Took it out and put it in another jewelry pouch. Took it out again and put it in yet another jewelry case.
Again. And again. And yet again.
GAH! I suck at this!
So last night I finished packing.
Then I took it all out and did it again.
This morning, I unpacked it all and repacked it in a difference suitcase.
Tonight, I'm heading down to Denver to take a hotel close to the airport - our flight leaves at 6 am tomorrow morning.
China, here I come!