“1 suitcase! For 2 whole weeks!! Are you serious???” Sim looks at her husband in disbelief!
They were going on a Christmas holiday with friends.
“If you pack light and get rid of all the unnecessary stuff, one suitcase will be enough.”
“Unnecessary stuff? There is nothing like that. All I am taking is some tops, bottoms, shoes, make up, toiletries, swimwear.”
“That doesn’t sound like a lot. It should fit in 1 suitcase.”
“Hmm, let’s see. I need about 9 to 10 tops for 14 days.”
“10 tops!!” Sim’s husband says with eyes wide open. “Why 10?, There will be a washing machine in the villa honey, you can wash and wear stuff.”
“I can’t repeat combinations!! My pictures will look all the same” Sim says with a I-can’t-believe-you-said-that expression.
Sim’s husband gives her the Does-that-really-matter look!
“Oh well maybe I can carry a few tops and change the bottoms. But what about shoes? I can’t wear the same ones all the 14 days. What if we have to walk a lot, I will need my comfy walking sneakers for that. And I can’t wear sneakers with that new pretty white skirt so I need my flat white sandals. What if we decide to go on a grown up’s night out leaving the kids with a baby sitter? For that I will need my heels. So that makes 3 pairs. Hmm, but the white sandals won’t go with everything; so I need my black flats too. That makes 4 pairs. I think that should be ok. What do you think?”
By this time Sim’s husband has given up hope and buries himself in the laptop.
“Accha, do you think we should carry some of N’s toys, games and a few colouring books? You know, to keep him busy at the airport, in the plane, in the taxi and while we are doing nothing. There might be moments like that.”
At this point Sim hears her husband muttering under his breath “He has 4 friends coming. I don’t think there will be moments where he will be doing nothing.”
Sim goes on pretending she did not hear that.
“What about sunscreen – it’s going to be super hot and bright. Some mosquito repellant – who knows there might be mosquitos in Thailand. The beach towels and mat – why go there and spend some money to buy another when we have one. I also need to carry 2 of my books, will catch up on all my reading in the holidays. I just don’t get time otherwise!! And I so need to take the camera, both my lenses and the video camera. The last time we made a video was 10 months ago. We should really do it more often…….”
Wait a sec before you even go there, the Sim above is not me. I swear. All I worry about taking is the important stuff – passport, house keys, visa papers, a credit card or cash and prescription medication.
Cut to the airport – “Excuse me Ms Dhaliwal, your luggage is 5 kgs over weight. The extra charges are $100. Would you like to pay by card or cash”
I wonder why that happens to me 😦
This post is part of Day 7 of Marathon Blogging December 2012.