Planning to go on vacation sounds like it should be the adventure of a lifetime. You think about your destination, dream about the wonderful time you’ll have and then plan to do it. The only problem with all of this is packing.
You’ve got to be ready for any and all weather, well most weather. Hopefully you won’t need snow gear in August. That said, it might be really hot, very comfortable or on the cool side. August temperatures can change ever so quickly. Did I mention rain?
Oh, and what about the types of activities you’ll be involved in? You’ll need appropriate clothing changes to match your plans along with something extra in case you spill, rip or otherwise detect a stain you had not seen previously. How can you ever pack lightly, especially if you’re playing your activities by ear or are at the mercy of an inventive host? Did I mention shoes? They need to coordinate with your activities and your outfits too.
What about down time? Should you bring a book, game, sports equipment? What if you get a headache, stomach ache, or, perish the thought, a fever blister? You need to pack effective remedies so you don’t spoil your fun. And, don’t forget the cell phone charger, iPad, laptop to keep in touch. If you don’t, you’ll be drowning in email when you return. Speaking of mail, did you contact the post office?
Why do you need a vacation? The answer is simple. You have to rest up after all of the packing otherwise you’ll have no energy to do all of the extra laundry when you return. (There will be other benefits too, but you’ll have to keep your eyes open or you might miss them.)