The Rocket Scientist and I are taking a trip to San Francisco (cue Katie’s version of Millie’s happy butt dance)! Even though the trip is still some time in the distance, and the busyness of work makes me feel like it’s months away, I’ve already started planning.*
I’m both decidedly a homebody and a cheapskate, so I haven’t traveled much. And when I have traveled, it’s often been to a grandma’s/fellow Interrobang’s house, where there were washing machines galore (or at least one) and I didn’t have to be that concerned about the clothing I packed. This trip, however, is different. I have to pack for:
- A wedding with “cocktail/semi-formal attire, but bring a sweater/jacket because it gets cold”
- Hiking in a couple National Parks/Forests
- Being dragged to every seafood restaurant along the California coast (ewwwwww)
- Dragging The Rocket Scientist to the flagship Goodwill store
- General all day walking/exploring
And all with no guarantee of being able to clean clothing past washing it in the sink.
As an a fore mentioned cheapskate, it’s my goal to try and pack everything in my carry on. The Rocket Scientist is skeptical about my packing abilities, probably because he’s seen the horror that is the organization of my Tupperware drawer, but I think I can do it. I plan on only taking items that can be layered like crazy as both Audi and Chelsea are always talking about the stochasticity of San Francisco weather. Other than that, I’ve got a lot of experimenting to figure out what to take and how best to pack it all.
As with everything else, the ladies over at Academichic have some excellent travel packing posts
- Weekend wedding travel
- Academic conference travel
- Big-time bundling
- Packing cubes (I’m seriously considering this…)
- 14 days, one bag
- Packing for a research year abroad
So I have two questions for you, duckies:
- What genius travel tips do you swear by? Rolling vs bundling? Capsule wardrobe vs whatever? Slipping the flight attendant an extra $20 so she doesn’t notice you have three carry ons?
- Any recommendations of things to do in the San Francisco area? We’ll have about a week to have fun, and it’s really best that I not be left to my own devices, or else I just end up painting both myself and Civil War cannons…
*Planning = making a list of all the museums I want to visit. Is 32 too many? Really? Why does everyone keep saying that?
P.S. An entomologist friend of mine used to tell me how he’d (illegally) sneak insects back into Canada from other countries. As he was packing his suitcase, he’d just throw in (live) any insects he wanted to take back with him. If he got caught, he could just claim that the insects had gotten into his gear without his knowledge, and if he didn’t get caught chances were good that the insects would still be alive when he arrived home. Not that I in any way advocate doing this, and not that I have any plans to fit a sea lion from the pier into my suitcase. I already checked; they won’t fit in a carry on.