Wednesday, March 16, 2005

THE PANIC PACK

E and I head off to Mexico in a few days. Have you ever been there? Suggestions? Even writing the word Mexico seems like the world's most greatest thing ever in life. I love traveling. My family actually traveled a lot around the US when I was a kid. Overall we traveled pretty well together despite most of my sister's and my backseat conversations ending in, "MOM!!!!! HER SKIRT IS TOUCHING ME!!!!!!!!!!!"

Technically E and I have only been on one major trip together which was to Spain for our friends wedding. We had a blast. Traveling with another person is interesting. Everyone has their own little 'thing'. E is an amazing and experienced traveler. He packs like...one t-shirt and some underwear and he's out the door. I'm somewhere between him and that girl you see at the airport with way too many magazines for the two hour flight and the strap of her bra hanging out the bottom of her wheeling suitcase.

It's not that I need a lot of crap when I travel it's just that right before I go on a trip I do what I call the 'panic pack'. The 'panic pack' is the putting things out on the bed and everything seems to be going smoothly-underwear-check! socks-check!-and then out of nowhere I run off and decide it's very crucial I pack the foldable rain poncho given to me in a Christmas stocking four years ago or perhaps maybe the 976 paged Hardcover new translation of Don Quixote I've been wanting to read. I will never live down one of the items from last trip when I packed the eighty pound 'travel' iron that my mother loaned me from 1873. It was made of steel and had a cloth chord that looked as if it might burst into flames at any second.

Don't even get me started on packing clothes. The clothes are worse because you just never know what you are really going to need. The one time I recall 'scaling' down my packing for a trip I ended up being totally full of regret. It was an all girls bachelorette weekend with my four best girlfriends from college. One of them was getting married and the weekend was full of cute outfits and accessories, lots of drinks, tea parties, walks on the beach, etc. For whatever reason I decided all I need to pack for the weekend was one pair of dumpy jeans, a plaid shirt and a blue hooded sweatshirt. Everytime I look at the photos from that weekend my eyes can't help but scan past the pretty faces of my stylish friends and focus on me wondering who invited their 7th grade skater boyfriend to the party.

I haven't started packing yet but I will this weekend. I promise to keep it light and no 'travel' iron this time. We have a couple of long bus rides ahead of us but perhaps I get E to let me stretch out my legs on his lap like I used to trick my younger sister into doing. "Sock feet? Those aren't sock feet. Are you kidding? Those are PUPPETS!!!"

11 Comments:

At 8:14 AM, Blogger jayKayEss said...

I've only been to Mexico once (Oaxaca) but it was AMAZING. I'm sure you're gonna have an awesome time.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Donnie Jeter said...

Advice: Don't do anything that might get you locked up (i.e. try to look like you know what you're doing, don't pee in public and don't litter) - you'll end up paying thousands.

I wouldn't want you guys to dissapear and never return. I'd miss E's photos and your writing.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger posthipchick said...

where in mexico?

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger K said...

Yea where in MX? I live like 10 miles from it.

 
At 11:22 PM, Blogger Molly said...

Sounds like fun! I live on the border. I would give you suggestions but it depends on where in MX you are going. And def follow fasterslowers advice, they will arrest you for anything.

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Closet Metro said...

The only place I've been to in Mexico was Cancun, which is more American than most of California.

Plan for HOT weather, but bring a light jacket or something with long sleeves for the evenings when it cools down.

Have a great trip. I'll be looking forward to the pictures.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger The Mighty Jimbo said...

if there is one thing i know about, it's how to pack. simple rule: you probably don't need it, so don't pack it. email me if you want more detailed advice. i'm still getting my shit together for the asia leg of my round the world jaunt. too many guide books to pack!

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Marilyn said...

First of all, Mexico... I've only been there once. It was right after high school (not quite 1873, but close). Two girlfriends and I drove down to Ensenada from Long Beach...grabbed some ROLLS from a bakery and several bottles of very cheap wine...that was our food/drink allotment...then proceeded to find a campsite ON A BEACH...where we slept out in the open in just sleeping bags. We managed to not get stabbed or robbed...but did end up covered with mosquito bites. I had at least 37...on my face.

Secondly, packing..."they" always say a good rule of thumb is to put everything on the bed and then remove HALF of it. Of course, I tend to remove the WRONG half...

But, hey, have a fabulous time! :)

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Jade said...

Ha ha. I start packing a month in advance if the trip is longer than a week. I even sketch my outfits to make sure than the shoes/underwear/jewelry all matches in an order to eliminate the last minute grab for all the accessories and clothing I own...ok. I'm just obsessive. There. But I still manage to do it anyway.

And I have THAT iron. That EXACT one.

And I have packed it. Because y'know, it's not like the fancy-pants hotel is going to have an IRON.

I feel better now.

What about order panic? When you know what you want but muck it up completely because the waitress got to you too quickly and you were still sort of waivering on choice #2? Dammit.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger K.S.G. said...

Mexico City! I know it's too late now...your most likely back already (had I only discover you blog a few weeks earlier)

I loved it so much ...I'm even considering buying a 2nd full time residence down there. Prices are cheap however the required security details sort of knock everything back in to proportion with NY real estate. (IE: a incredible house I'm eyeing now is only 260,000 usd,3 car garage+ port, gates, cameras, key passes, full size outdoor pool, etc etc incredible. However initial security costs really offset things at what would be near 300,000usd for a proper car (electrified door handles, skid plates etc B7 armor) about 200,000usd for a 3 car convoy (2 suburbans + main car)...then arms, vests etc, the establishment of protocol another 100,000usd.

So the 260,000usd place ends up costing 860,000usd (still a deal)...then there are the reoccurring costs...salaries and such. About another 450,000usd a year for a proper ex military staff (4 man team + 2-3 drivers) ...another 150,000usd for an on staff tactician/per specialist(s)...eventually you start feeling like Tony Montanya. (but this is all if you’re a nobody)

but I still love Mexico City.(kidnap capital of the world)

Side story(another)…the friend whom I used to visit all the time in Mexico City (she has a 7 unit 20 man detail…small militia..always ready for a coup) and myself used to vacation to a small island off the Spanish Rivera every year (well…from there to Morocco, to Malta and then back via ship). It was her island…so we would touch down on the mainland and the boat would take us and the cars over to all points of destination.

 
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