What type of vacation planner are you?

In a movie I watched recently, the female protagonist decided to go on a trip. She entered her room, grabbed a suitcase and started throwing clothes inside. After filling her case, she picked up a hair dryer from the top of her desk, placed it tenderly over the clothes, and closed the case. Then she picked it up, closed her bedroom door and went on vacation.

Kerri Sackville: I wasn’t the easiest traveler to get along with before the borders closed, and spending 2 and a half years at home didn’t help.Credit:iStock

Just watching the scene made me anxious. For one thing, the wife didn’t pack any toiletries – no toothbrush, moisturizer, sunscreen, or makeup. I guess when you have really dry hair, no one notices your skin or your teeth?

On the other hand, I couldn’t imagine packing my bags for a trip a few minutes before leaving home. I need weeks just to figure out what I’m going to take. I make lists, plan outfits, stock up on travel cosmetics, and use these cute little packing cubes in my bag.

I am traveling overseas in a few weeks for the first time since the pandemic began. I wasn’t the easiest traveler to get along with before the borders closed, and spending 2 and a half years at home didn’t help. I find myself being even more meticulous in my planning than usual.

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What if I lose my reading glasses? Better bring a spare pair. What if I break my bra strap? Better bring an extra bra. What if I develop a rash? Better to pack a tube of cream. What if I run out of underwear? Better pack at least 23 pairs.

Now, I don’t go to a country without pharmacies, clothing stores or convenience stores. I know this because I’m traveling with my partner, and we’re visiting his birthplace, and he assured me (with a deep sigh and eye roll) that there are shops there, just like here in Australia! But of course, it is not a question of logic. It’s all about travel! My rational brain knows that I can buy bras, reading glasses and underwear abroad. But my travel brain only knows that I’m leaving home, traveling to an unknown place far away. As far as my brain goes, I might as well go to Mars.

As far as my brain goes, I might as well go to Mars.

All my clothes must be freshly washed, even if they are clean. I can’t risk landing with a stain on my outfit, even though my partner assures me there are laundromats at the destination too. I also plan my carry-on: earplugs, eye masks, medicine, books, lollipops, face mists, mints, toothpaste, phone charger, moisturizer and a few pairs of underwear. replacement. (I don’t usually change my underwear during the day at home, let alone on a 12-hour flight, but my travel brain is never too prepared.)

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