Packing and its joys

Posting late from a household full of angst. I’m off to the UK next week to attend the RNA conference, visit family and Chawton, and in between writing frantically and trying to wrap things up at work, finding things.

Now I firmly believe that there is an imp in my house that goes around moving things. Here’s my success rate of finding vital travel items:

  1. Fancy shoes. Second of pair found. Thrown into suitcase immediately to avoid imp action.
  2. Camera. Found. USB cable? Turned office upside down, called Fuji (“yes, we can get one to you in 7 to 14 business days”) and a local camera store who don’t have one but can provide me with something that may or may not be like a flash drive and may or may not work on a Mac. Husband went into his lair and found USB cable immediately, coiled and stowed safely since the huge snowstorm (February) when he’d downloaded pics.
  3. Talking of which … surge protector/convertor. Found.
  4. Yoga pants. I wasn’t intending to take them, but this was a bonus find.
  5. Collection of short-sleeved black t-shirts. Come on, imp, they were all I could find all winter long. Where are they now?

I suppose I should be grateful that I don’t have to pack something like this gorgeous late Georgian-early Victorian writing slope although my elderly laptop probably weighs about the same (full description here).

In addition, I don’t feel compelled to pack a huge traveling medicine chest just in case. Regency researcher Nancy Mayer has a great article on what the Regency lady might take on her travels here.

And here’s a deluxe traveling medicine chest taken by intrepid Cornish explorers Richard and John Lander when they discovered the sources of the Nile in the early 1830s. Lots of Epsom Salts because you can’t explore if you’re not regular.

And reading matter: I’m happy to report that I have acquired the huge, heavy third Stieg Larsson book for the long plane ride. (Did you see Nora Ephron’s very funny parody for the New Yorker?) It’s only that I’m too busy that I haven’t got into it yet.

Do you have any books you’re saving for travel or vacation this summer? Tell us about your summer reading and what you’ll be doing.

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Jamie Michele
12 years ago

Janet, I’m smack in the middle of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and cannot be persuaded to read anything else! Though I enjoy the romance I’ve been reading these last few years, I’ve really missed high fantasy.

See you at Nationals!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I am so eager to hear about RNA! So wonderful that you are going.

I’ll be packing, too, but just to go visit relatives in Georgia. I intend to finish Mary Blayney’s Courtesans Kiss and will reread my work in progress…almost done!

Don’t send those imps to my house, please!

Susanna Fraser
12 years ago

We just moved into our new house, so my summer is all about packing and unpacking on a massive scale.

For instance, I’m hoping that sometime in the next three weeks or so, before I have to pack for RWA, I can figure out just what happened to the second-largest suitcase from our matching set, plus which box contains my nice black evening bag.

As for reading, I’ve already read the summer release I was most anticipating, Jacqueline Carey’s Naamah’s Curse. I’m sure I’ll find plenty of books to load onto my Kindle for the cross-country plane ride to RWA and our week on the Oregon coast in August, though. And one thing I love about an e-reader is I don’t have to worry about books adding extra weight to my bag, and if I decide I’m not in the mood for anything I brought, new options are a wifi connection away!

Janet Mullany
12 years ago

Success! I’ve just found a watch. Naturally the batteries need replacing, but it’s a minor triumph.

I think an e-reader would be wonderful to have while on the road but I’m waiting for the price war to become serious.

Jane George
12 years ago

Oooh I want that medicine chest. What a fabulous place to keep herbs and such.

Have a tremendous trip, Janet!!! *sprinkles imp-be-gone powder, although it’s past it’s due date and may not be 100% effective*

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