They say that hindsight is 20/20 and I couldn't agree more. Especially in light of a recent trip to Aspen, Colorado. And it was actually during the trip to the airport (in a car infused with Breathe) that I realized the things I had forgotten to pack!
Not to beat myself up too much, there are a few things I was ever so glad I did pack. I'll share those today, because they were lifesavers...and because I need the reminder that I do get things right sometimes!
The Eddie Bauer Down Parka from Costco was a lifesaver, and at $39.99, a real steal. There are two zippers, one that zips inside, just over my core to trap body heat, and one that zips over that. The coat also has side zip pockets, a soft velvety neckline, and hood. But, I haven't even gotten to the best part of the coat! It squishes into a teeny tiny bag that can be stuffed in a bookbag or clipped to the outside of one's carry-on! Perfect for travel from not so cold climates to the snow-covered mountains of Colorado. This coat was a must for this trip, and I have a feeling it'll come in handy many more times over the years.
I am typically one of those people who shrugs off warnings like, "have some dramamine with you just in case you experience sea sickness," or "drink lots of water, so you don't have any problems with the altitude." In fact, I have shrugged off both of these warnings in the past year, and have been burned. Maybe the fact that I'm just not as tough as I used to be is to blame (or that I'm...ahem, over 40), who knows. Anyway, I promise myself to heed the warnings in the future. This time I was lucky. After two days of feeling shortness of breath, I downed a couple single serving packets of BCAAs (mixed into my water) and, guess what? I felt much better. It could've been the extra hydration, but it also could've been that I didn't realize how much skiing was taking out of me, and I simply needed that branched chain amino acid action to help me repair my muscles and give me more energy. I recently read an informative email from Momsanity, that provided me with a powerful reminder of why BCAAs are such a must for any strong, active mom: "By drinking BCAA’s post-workout, you are aiding muscle growth and strength by increasing the levels of growth hormones. In addition, you are assisting your body’s muscle repair, so your body doesn’t feel like you were hit by a truck. Look forward to better workouts and reduced soreness." It's really a no-brainer. And the BCAA packets I threw in my suitcase were so easy to toss in my ski jacket, purse, and carry-on bag. I was always prepared, no messy pre-measuring required.
This backpack was perfect for this trip. Small enough to slide under the seat in front of me on the airplane, and big enough for my necessities. Other than what is pictured above, I threw in an extra change of clothes, a water bottle, book, and a notebook. I usually take way too much stuff with me on a flight and all I really want to do is read my current book! Not taking any magazines or an iPad makes me do what I really love instead of passing time playing Solitaire. When I get lost in a book, time just seems to fly by, as it did when I got immersed in the pages of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeymoon. The book is this author's first book, and I already can't wait for more! She is a master at storytelling and writing about feelings. Put it on your list! I always pack a notebook because I take meticulous notes on trips. I never want to forget the fun we have, so documentation of places visited, meals eaten, and inside jokes created is important to me. And believe me, inside jokes abound when my sister and I are together!
Anyway, what I love about my backpack is that it is a sling bag, so it goes over one shoulder, allowing me to flip it around to the front to get things out of it easily. I also love the side pockets for my water, and the handy pocket on the strap for my phone. Since I keep my airline tickets in my mobile wallet, it is nice to have easy access to my phone, but not to have to hold it while I wait to board. I couldn't find my exact bag, but here is a similar one. A perk of the one below is that the actual bag folds into a smaller pouch, kind of like my coat.
So, what about you? What do you make sure to pack when going on a long trip? Stay tuned for my post about what I WISHED I had packed, and how Leonard, the best Uber driver, helped me make a list of things to NEVER forget again!