There are certain subjects that I will never write on if my life depends upon it.
Okay. That’s a slight exaggeration to make my point.
You might expect a post about advice on packing a suitcase. Wrong. I almost did once, and then I thought better of you. Either you are a traveler, and it might prove helpful; or, you simply have no interest.
Besides, as for packing a suitcase, I never get it right like my failure to check my umbrella before I left for New Zealand – I put it away broken from the previous trip – and I packed a flimsy rain poncho. To top it off, at the last minute I took out my second fleece, and that was a huge mistake, too. I shelled out for new stuff on the trip much to my own annoyance.
I keep a standard packing list and it works well enough if I stick with the layering technique to prepare for a variation in temperature. Then again, who can forecast for a heatwave in Southern Spain three weeks into a trip, or a pair of sneakers that don't perform as advertised?
See. I’m no expert.
Like the rest of you, I am an ordinary person who is always on a learning curve. I change suitcase types and sizes like a revolving door. I roll my clothes or pack in cubes depending upon my mood. I bring way more electronics than I need. I run out of mouthwash.
I can’t help you with jet lag either. I pre-plan my sleep time on long flights – thank goodness for movies, too - and usually come out feeling decent enough to get by for a few more hours. A little walking in the fresh air helps, and also, not letting my mind take control over my weary body.
Being a people watcher, whenever I have time to kill in an airport - all too frequently it seems - I check out possibilities for travel outfits, suitcases and any other handy tips that appear to make things run smoothly for others that could work in my case.