I love to travel! It’s not that big of a surprise, lots of people love to travel. In 2013 I’ve traveled at
least once every month, mostly for work, but a couple of times with the hubby and kiddos, seeking new adventures and enjoying summer.
Travel with kids is a whole new can of worms.
Before I hit the road, I make a list of all the things we need to bring. (And for all you Myers-Briggs fans out there, oh yes, I am a fairly hard-core “J!”)
Clothes of course, wipes and diapers, a few toys, bath time stuff, sunscreen, bug spray, bathing suits, books, and plenty of snacks. Than I can start on what I need for us grown-ups!
What I don’t usually put in my list, but what is often first in the bag, is my journal. I love bringing my journal on vacation so much that I actually have a list of the top five reasons to bring it:
And because I love to bring it, I don’t need to write it on the list.
And for one trip this summer, I forgot my journal.
My personal diary, the book I write in daily, even if it’s just a smidgen. The one thing I do every day that keeps me from going crazy.
Nope, not this time. I left it at home.
And guess what happened during that time I did not have my journal? I’ll sum it up for you:
I have been dazzled by how beautifully orchestrated this sequence of events was laid before us. From the bidding on the cabin at the Advent Silent Auction in November, to the date we chose to go, to the water not working in a house with eight people.
It was a lot of stuff to take in. The daily work of family vacation alone is enough to want to write about, never mind throwing in a few curve balls.
But that’s what life is about, right? The curvy road slips ahead of us to keep us on our toes and waiting for the next surprise. If the road were straight, we’d probably jump ship a lot sooner!
I appreciate the reminder that I need my journal like I need my pinky toe…can I live without it? Yes, but why would I want to?
What’s the one thing you have to have when you travel? Leave a comment below to share!