Traveling Hands Free Style
Recently we traveled back to my hometown. Our dear friends are living there again and they have generously opened their home to us to visit when we can. It is a delight to be in their company and a joy to revisit favorite childhood spots.
I do not want to carry more than I need. I want to send every free moment feeling present and alive, not checking, organizing and worrying about my stuff.
Slowly, I am perfecting my needs and smoothing out my travel.
Slowly, I am letting go of what I “might need”.
4 outfits (plan do a load of laundry mid week or wear everything twice)
Swimsuit and sunglasses
Wallet (only the cards I need)
Phone and charger
Water bottle and snacks
(seriously, I am a Ross and my daughter is 1/2 Ross…we do not go anywhere without food)
The best part is our bags fit under the plane seat in front of us.
I read books she owns.
If we forget something, she probably can help us out.
For example, we needed a toenail clipper and a bandaid after the pavement jumped up and bit Cubby’s toe.
My friend came to the rescue.
I experimented with converting a purse to a bathroom bag this trip. Then when we made it to our destination, we unpacked and it became our beach bag.
This worked out perfectly!
I use to believe I needed to bring something home from every trip in order to remember.
I use to bring sea shells home.
I use to bring patches home to sew onto my backpack.
I hold my memories in my mind and heart.
That is all I need.
By daughter brings one item home, and that is totally okay with me. She feels she needs it to remember.
Cheers to opening up space for making memories.
Cheers to almost having my packing list perfected.