Packing List For the Holidays

Monday I’ve shared with you that we do not go on trips too often and that we are living in a gorgeous area in the Sunny South East of Ireland. And I told you that, soon, we will be going on a vacation in Ireland β€” to the South West, to be exact. Now you know a little more about the place and by the end of August you will get to see one or the other picture of it. πŸ˜‰

Today I’m going to share with you a few ideas about packing to go on holidays.

I don’t know about you, but say, how long ahead of time do you usually pack? I’m just now, weeks before πŸ™‚ , getting things ready for our trip, e.g. putting towels, camera case, paper notes that say medication or dog leads, socks that we aren’t using at the moment, and many other things on the bed of our spare room. I like to be prepared and would hate to leave important things behind.

What is important to you to bring along on your vacation?

Of course, there are times when we forget things and we will have to survive without our gadgets while we are away from home, won’t we? So we shouldn’t waste precious time then worrying and wishing for… Yes, forgetting to pack the medicine is a different story. However, in our day and age we can more easily get a hold of the subscription and buy the medication while on our trip.

Pile of daily supplies These are the things you would need for grooming, swimming and/or hiking and while on day trips. Imagine yourself at the holiday resort and now go through a couple of days there. Start with getting up in the morning: are your slippers* important to bring along? If they are, bring them along. Mentally go into the bathroom: what will you be looking for? Hairbrush? Toothbrush? Shower cream? Ask yourself: Will hand towels be provided in the hotel/holiday home or do you need to bring your own? Continue walking through your day/s there: What do you need at the beach? Beach towels? Flip-flops πŸ™„ could they be used for slippers in the mornings*? If you are going hiking you would need good walking shoes, perhaps waterproof ones? You might use them daily but they would take up a lot of space in the suitcase, wouldn’t they? Which brings me to the…

Second pile These are the things that you could bring along without packing them, e.g. the bulky hiking boots. Even if you are traveling by aircraft, why not wear them while flying to your destination? It would save you some room in your suitcase which will lead to less weight, too. Another thing on that pile could be a rucksack. Could you use it as a carry-on? Most airlines will allow for you to bring your camera, including its case, on the aircraft, so why bother putting it in the suitcase?

Notepad pile this is a more or less imaginery pile. Actually you might have a noticepaper on one or both of the piles above or on your fridge or close to your entrance door. Shopping list Write the things you want to bring along but you will have to buy at the store first. Keep the list close to the other piles. Whenever you do go shopping, use a separate sheet of paper, check the things you’ll need for your vacation and write them on your shopping list. Cross out the items as soon as you have bought and readied them to get packed. Don’t forget On these kind of lists you would write such things as “Medication” or “Dog lead” and keep them close to where you store these things until the last time of use β€” then, immediately pack them. Or else, you could keep these lists next to your pile of daily supplies until you packed the things and then discard the list.

Well, this hasn’t been a list of all the things you might need to bring along, mostly because I cannot cover every one of the many kinds of holidays here: summer and winter, swimming and skiing, traveling by car and other means of transportion, staying in a tent, hotel and holiday home, etc. Still, I hope I was able to give you some sort of an idea on how to pack your suitcase to go on holiday.

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Going On Vacation β€” What For?

What is important during a vacation? Is it going to be a time of excitement or a time of rest?

First I couldn’t think of a vacation ever being mentioned in the Bible. Then I thought of the man in Deuteronomy 24:5 who, as a newly married, was free to stay at home for a whole year. (Yep, 12 months. Pretty interesting, eh? I will get back to that in another post.) Then I’ve found quite a few verses on withdrawing from busy life to have rest. Here are two of them, found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Here is what Matthew 11:28 says

Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (ESV)

Another example about Jesus telling the people to rest is found in Mark 6:31-32

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. (ESV)

God’s Word mentions hard labor as a part of life. However, from the very first pages and onwards the Bible also talks about men working on six days and resting on the seventh. There is a time for everything: a time to work and a time when we must rest. So we should ask ourselves: Where do we find it and how can we get it?

The world looks at the time of recreation very differently. It will tell you that you are the master of your own life. You have worked very hard all year long, they say, that you deserve a fancy vacation. So there you go, searching for that perfect spot on earth to visit, booking the best deal you get and then, finally, traveling to get there. The question remains, though, will you truly find rest while you are on that vacation? Or will you while you are at it be showered by overstimulation?

Let’s get back to our question: Going on vacation β€” what for? Are we going to find true rest or are we booking ourselves into a world of great adventures?

Coming up on Friday: my packing list for the holidays

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It’s the middle of July, summertime, time for a vacation. Yay! Have you planned yours yet? Did you book it already? Where will you be going to this year? Are you looking forward to it?

We don’t go on trips too often. Why should we? We are living in a gorgeous area in the Sunny South East of Ireland, with the local beach just a few miles from our home. However, our 20th wedding anniversary ❀ is coming up in August this year. We haven’t been away for a while and so we decided to spend a week vacation in Ireland. We’ve booked a small place for two, um, well, us and our two dogs πŸ˜‰ Where at? I will keep this a secret for now. Well, I can tell you that much: It’s a beautiful spot further down south of Ireland close to the Atlantic. I will let you know, perhaps share a few pictures with you, once we are back from our trip.

We are all very much looking forward to this vacation. Can’t wait to visit this beautiful area in Ireland. It’s in a county we haven’t traveled to yet.

Do you usually prepare ahead of time? I do. How early do you start packing your suitcases? Sometimes I will pack weeks before the day of departure πŸ™‚ So in the next days and weeks ahead I will need to get some preparations done for that special week in August. I’ll share more about my packing and shopping list shortly so please stay tuned.

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