Thursday, August 30, 2018

Always Lots to Do to Get Ready!

These several days before departure on a new adventure are always full of last minute things to do and I always seem to want to get lots of things accomplished that could well be accomplished at another time.  It just feels good to take off knowing that all my ducks are in order!

Last week I noticed a light on the dashboard of my car informing me that I have a tire-pressure concern.  I've purchased new tires in the last few months so I was pretty sure it wasn't anything too serious.  But, this morning I decided I would drive to Costco and have them check it out - just in case.  One tire had lost about 3 pounds of pressure and that's all it was.  The Costco gentleman said it would be a wee bit early to rotate the tires but that if I'd like, they'd be happy to do it today.  So I decided it would be nice not to have to deal with it later and waited an hour or so until they had it done - definitely something that could have waited.  But now it's DONE!

I have this trip to the Holy Land and another adventure already paid for next February - a cruise in the Adriatic with visits to Croatia, Herzegovina, Bosnia and Montenegro.  So, of course, while I'm preparing for this trip I've also shopped for things I think I'll need (want) for the February adventure.  Definitely not necessary to prepare this far in advance, but what the heck, I'm on a roll!

When I'd made the commitments for these undertakings I also decided that I'm no longer going to pack for a two- or three-week trip as if I'm moving to China for the rest of my life and will never be able to purchase any necessities ever again!  I 'googled around' and found Travel Fashion Girl blog and have been following lots of her advice.

Travel Fashion Girl blog

I'm now dedicated to traveling with only carry-on luggage.  For this trip it will be one 22" x 14" x 9" bag and one Vera Bradley daytime backpack.  I got out the bag last week and started to 'pack' by rolling up each of the pieces of clothing I'd determined would work for the whole trip to Israel.  Then I placed them in the carry-on to see how full it was and what accommodations  was going to have to make.  Here's that first photo:

Okay, so this is a list of contents, so far:
1 blue print dress
1  black and cream skirt
1 black capri leggings
1 black long leggings
1 pair wine colored driving shoes
1 pair pewter flats
1 black dressy top - ¾ sleeves
1 black and white dressy tunic top - ¾ sleeves
1 white casual lace top - flutter sleeves
1 black and beige striped tee - elbow-length sleeves
1 black and white striped tee - ¾ sleeves
1 black and white polka dot tee - short sleeves
1 autumn oranges print tee - ¾ sleeves
1 red textured tee - short sleeves - summery
1 black textured tee - short sleeves - summery
2 night shirts
1 black swim suit
7 small neck scarves of various colors 
2 long scarves - flower prints
1 black baseball cap
3 pairs panties
2 bras
4 pairs peds (footies)

Not included in this list is what I'm wearing for the 10 ½ hour flight from San Jose to London and 5 hour flight to Tel Aviv:
-black cargo pants
-black cotton tee - ¾ sleeves
-black leather and fabric clogs
-black cotton ¾ length, long sleeves casual jacket

The bag is only about a third full!!!  And, I'm fully intending to re-review, maybe subtracting a few things that I won't absolutely need.  I'm going to Israel, not Mars, for Heaven's sake!  My friend, Cheryl, gave me some really super powdered laundry soap to spiff up a few things along the way and all my clothing pieces are washable and constructed of fabrics that dry quickly.

My healthcare and grooming necessities will go in my backpack, along with my passport, credit cards, money, tickets, iPhone and any reading materials that are not accessible on my iPhone:
I had thought about taking along a small knitting project, but have nixed that idea in deference to the desire to post on my blog during the trip.  I'm going to 'do everything electronic' on my iPhone so I'm studying before I leave to be able to attach photos to my posts - and still haven't quite gotten that figured out!  Four days to do so!

I'm excited.  Can you tell?


  1. I can’t wait to see your posts from the Holy Land! What an amazing experience you are going to have

    1. Thanks Quindy. I love you, Jordan and Everett so much.

  2. Love the backpack. Which Vera Bradly bag is this? The Lighten Up Journey or ?? Looking forward to your posts.

  3. It's an older model, but a lot like the Iconic Campus backpack. I've had it for about three years and, if you're familiar with Vera Bradley, they wear like iron.

    1. Thank you for your info. Safe travels. Be sure to tell us where Lucy is gong to stay while you are away.

  4. Wow a trip! On your last post, I commented that you were last in Atacama and left for California for unknown reasons. Anyway, I see you're now in El Dorado near Sacramento? Are you living there permanently there now? I checked your blog every week for new post because I find your travels very interesting but much of it is missing after you left Atacama. BTW I too travel light, I wear pants twice and two tops for each..usually but not always. I tend to layer so tank top, tee, sweater of some sort or water resistant windbreaker hoody depending on where I'm traveling. Maybe a dress or skirt if necessary but not always. One sturdy hiking tennis shoes, walking flats, and sturdy but light, water type flip flops for showers or easy slip on at night. Oh, I also pack my trekking poles to climb stairs, hiking trails, etc. I have bad knees so the trekking poles help a lot to keep weight of my knees if walking a lot. I also pack collapsible water jug, travel cup and fork/spoons from REI. A safari hat with wide rim that can fold I pack too. In case they take my carry on to be checked, I always pack at least one set of clothing, hygene, meds into my back pack...just in case my luggage is lost which has happened at least twice in my travels or delayed. So, safe travels and will be following your travels to holy land.

    1. Hi Rita: Yes, I'm off on my next adventure. Please do follow along. I love your comments and feel like we've become good friends over the years. You got the packing down pat before I did. I'm thrilled with my newly acquired "light packing" mode of travel and plan to keep information (actually here on the blog) so I can continue to tweek my packing system as I go along.
      I have another adventure planned for next spring so I'll get to revise / improve hopefully.

    2. Forgot to mention that I hope to fill in some of the travel gaps as I go along. Before El Dorado Hills (where I'm permanently temporarily living!) I lived in Guatemala for two years, after having traveled in North, Central and South America for a few years, interspersed with two total knee surgeries, which I highly recommend if they're needed. I was in great pain before each knee was replaced; now I have NO KNEE PAIN at all.