Lessons I learned/verified on my recent camping trip.
- Always pack like it's going to be winter (hee, "California winter") because it will be cold at some point.
- Bring all the extra t-shirts, jackets, socks, undies you can possibly squeeze in the suitcase. They will get used.
- Go ahead and bring every stupid cord for all the various electronics. You never know which you'll end up actually using.
- Ha! Who needs a cell phone?
- Always stay at a campground with a shower. It might be hairy/muddy or whatever, but that's why you shower without glasses and with flip flops.
Lessons I need to burn into my head:
- Just make that stupid list! And be complete about it. While you're at it, do it before you get "vacation brain."
- Shop before you get "vacation brain" too!
- Only taking one of something essential but easily lost? Think again!! (Ugh, the day without chapstick will never happen again!)
- I know you hate cash, but just bring more. Apparently, some people/institutions just can't let go of their crippling addiction to it.
- Don't be shy about looking at an actual map of where you're going. And be sure to do that before "vacation brain" sets in.
- Do not toy with or antagonize the Amtrak station volunteer "host" (who, I swear, whined to me "You're going to make the train laate!" when I wouldn't show him my ticket or move to the "right" spot for coach riders [20 minutes before the train was due to arrive]). The karmic bitch slap seems to result in crappy seatmate selection (I had to sit next to a smoke-lunged hacker who blared heavy metal and had a mountain lion rawring ring tone... all the way to SLC. Thanks karma!).
- Really? You're going to pack brand new white socks for a camping trip? What, you were wishing you'd brought brown?
- Gee, if I'd had a smart phone with a data plan I could have been making a shitload of innane social network updates on the whole trip (before I forgot all the good ones!). [I don't think I'm ready to learn this lesson.]
- Yes, you have a lot to do before a vacation! Get to it!!