I’m thinking about packing lists in preparation for our trip to Peru.
So far I have read:
- Ultralight The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light, by Leo Babauta
- Your Comprehensive Packing List For Peru
- Why We’re Packing Our Bag Like Joan Didion Did in 1979
I would love to travel like Joan Didion with a typewriter, cigarettes, and bourbon in my bag, but I’m a sober, non-smoking mom now. And I’ve gotten into the habit of always planning.
Did Joan Didion ever worry about who would care for her animals while she was away, or whether she needed vaccines for where she was going? Did she contemplate whether to travel with a backpack or suitcase (a carry on, for sure). The plan for Didion was to write and that was the main thing.
Leo Babauta says we pack our fears. What if it storms? What if I tear my clothes? What if I get blisters? We are worried about the unexpected. This reminds me of what an intern once told me as I was getting ready for a road trip through West Texas one year:
“Don’t think about vacation like a mom!” she said, “You know, the idea that it’s work to go relax.”
“The habit of my mind is to create fret.”
“I need a mind that doesn’t worry about things that didn’t even happen yet.”