We are leaving tomorrow first thing, so we needed to pack today. If TSA checks our bags, they may wonder a bit. Our suitcases are a strange mix of items. In honor of our luggage, here is a Thursday Thirteen of the crap we are packing.
Thursday Thirteen - What's In Our Luggage
- Full Winter Gear. This includes hats, gloves, and my heavy ski jacket. It is what I always envisioned packing for a trip at the summer solstice.
- Bug Spray. Enough of it to kill a bear. Rumor has it that one week enjoying the Alaska mosquitoes will redefine my definition of bug problem.
- One Fodor's Alaska Guide Book. For regular folks, this would be normal, but I just love guide books. Constraining myself to just one is a minor miracle.
- Enough Books & Magazines to Fill a Bookstore. My constraint with in the guide book department was lost in the pleasure reading one. With two young kids, reading (other than Dr. Suess) is a distant memory. From the looks of my carry on, I am assuming that I can make up for four year's worth of reading in 10 days.
- A Cell Phone. I am not really sure why we are bringing this. The state is 570,000 sq. miles and a population of only 670,000 people. That is almost 1 sq. mile / person. How do you think coverage will be outside of Anchorage? My cell is my security blanket and I don't care, I am bringing it along.
- Plastic Pants. Technically the pants are made from some fancy fabric, but they feel like plastic to me. It turns out that when it isn't snowing it is raining, so even more than in the lower 48, one must be prepared (sadly foregoing stylish).
- Clothes that Wick. Poor, comfortable, economical cotton has been thrown aside in favor of these new, fancy, pricey fabrics. I guess as a society we are still allowed to sweat, but with these new materials it is no longer allowed to touch our bodies.
- Impaling Devices. Technically, they are hiking poles. But, when they are folded up and you only see a handle and the sharp tip, they look a bit scary. Just for the record and for TSA's sake, these will be in our checked luggage.
- No Laptop. Scott is banned from bringing his laptop. For the first time in over five years, he is not bringing his laptop on vacation. It shows true love and devotion to me (or maybe just this trip when you see #11).
- Bear Bell. It was still sitting around from our days hiking around California. I don't really think it will save us from a grizzly, but (good news) we don't plan to be hanging out close to them anyhow.
- Flannel Pajamas. Nothing says romantic anniversary trip, like flannel pajamas. I am from Florida and I only do the cold from the protection of cozy flannel. Sorry Scott.
- Binoculars and a Camera with a Good Zoom Lens. When we went to Yellowstone we had neither. I vowed then and there I would never go to another National Park without both. This time - problem solved.
- High Heals. Most of the stuff above is silly, but packing heals is just plain stupid. I don't need heals in Alaska. In fact, they may be banned from most national parks. But, I wasn't going on a trip for our 10th anniversary without bringing at least one dressy outfit. I am already guessing it will stay in the suitcase the entire trip.
That is life in the Stroller Lane. Lots of love.