So I’m a nightmare when it comes to packing wherever we’re going. It could be a weekend in Edinburgh with friends, visiting family in London or a fortnight in Spain, but in the final days leading up to a time I’m going to be away from my own home, I’m a nightmare. Im not as bad if I’m going on my own, but when I want to plan for the kids every eventuality is when the stressed Sarah comes out.
Last years fortnight in Ibiza meant the girls needed a “going out” outfit for all 14 nights, plus a couple of spares. Millie ended up with 20 “dressy” outfits. However on top of this I also plan for the possibility of the snow blizzard in Spain mid June, with enough coats, jeans & jumpers to also survive 2 weeks at the North Pole.
The best were our annual trips for Hogmanay, Stobo on the Scottish Borders. Again not only the wellies & scruffs for dog walks, but the off chance of a heatwave on December 31st requires specialist packing skills.
Then with me you add in
- Anxiety kit
- Multiple medications & spares
- Extra & spare of everything, clothes/ shoes / everything
- Food & drinks (as nowhere outside Eckington has a shop apparently)
- Everything has to be ironed & packed & counted & checked
So then we have Florida. The holiday of a lifetime, 3 weeks of what has to be perfect… and do you know what, for the first time ever, I’m not stressed. I’ve found planning & coping strategies!
I rang the hotel & there’s a laundrette in the hotel, iron & ironing board in the room & a Wallmart down the road!
My husband has taken full control of ordering medication, ordering travel money etc and 3 suitcases are now packed ready!
I arranged my sisters to house sit so I won’t worry about the house being empty. I’ve printed every document & tomorrow I’m booked in for my pre-holiday hair!
I’m not saying I won’t have a break down or freak out before we go, but right now, it’s Friday night & it’s time to relax, with the majority of things for our holiday of a lifetime done