Preparing for the Trip

A United Airlines commercial jet sits at a gate at Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Parkersburg, WVa (WTAP)-- The following is not a news story, but a blog entry. It does not reflect the opinion of the station, my family nor anyone else.

Well, it's that time time. Last minute to pack the essentials and get ready for our annual Holiday Vacations trip.

This coming trip will make it an even 15 for us, having lead vacation get-aways to Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, Ireland, France, England, the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park.

Each has it's own unique flavor, but a few have proven to be so popular that we've returned time and again.

I never get worked up over the impending trip until the week before, when it seems that it becomes a reality. And the process of packing, ordering prescriptions, altering clothes, and making last minute preparations suddenly take priority.

It's not hard to pack a single suitcase for a ten day trip... assuming that you have access to washing machines or a laundry mid-way through the journey. But that's not always possible, especially when going to a remote location.

So the trick is to pack a little of everything, and be flexible to buy the clothes that you need, once you're there. That way, you can dress for the weather, but also bring back a memento as well.

Some of my most fond clothing mementos have been a Hawaiian shirt, a sun hat, an Italian t-shirt and silk tie, an Alaskan jacket, an outrageous "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" green cap. Each has it's own memory and special use.

So pardon me if I wax nostalgic as I pack, but this old suitcase as seen a lot of miles, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rustic beauty of the Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyons.

I've already got my eye on one particular piece of clothing I intend to pick up when I spot it.