02 September 2012


Less than three days to go, so obviously, I'm super-organised and ready to roll.

So far, I have:
  • selected my suitcase (not difficult... I only have one, really)
  • found a suitable light-weight extra bag to take for travel treasures (not that I'm much of a shopper... but you know... just in case...)
  • washed my trusty carry-on Country Road duffle ready for action (it's only fair, as it usually only gets to come out for trips to the gym... which, let's face it, is not exactly a frequent outing)
  • and... that's about it.

Why is there always so much more to do than I think there will be?

I've never been the kind of girl who dutifully packs weeks, or even days, early. If I do, I know I will desperately need something I have carefully packed right at the bottom of my bag. I also have the short-term memory of an alzheimic goldfish, so I am likely to forget what I have already packed, or assume I've packed something I haven't. And I am also a teensy bit disorganised, not to mention a gold-medal procrastinatrix.

So packing is always done the night before or the day of. And it usually ends in tantrums, very little sleep, and questionable decisions (yes, I do need seven pairs of ballet flats, and my tutu goes with everything, really, and I really probably will get around to reading that very thick hardcover book about something worthy and serious, despite the fact that I've never gotten past the introduction before without falling asleep...).

Note to self: Europe is not Antarctica. Anything I forget or need more of is a truly legitimate reason to shop :)

Pa(ni)cking begins for reals tomorrow. Probably.



  1. Bravo on getting the blog up and happening. And an extra BRAVO for biting the bullet and taking this fabulous travelling adventure. I can't wait to hear all about it. xoxo

    1. Woot! Thanks for being my first commenter, Fi! xoxo

  2. Congratulations Cara - the trip sounds amazing and your blog is off to a flying start! (sorry, bad pun) Although your packing strategy does sound a bit scary...I'm going to hold my breath until I receive your next blog with champagne in hand from the departure lounge! Don't keep me waiting too long... I have the lung capacity of a goldfish with emphysema.

    1. Thanks Sarah. I don't want to frighten you, but I still haven't started packing... Is it ok if I have the champagne now? It might help...

    2. Okay, maybe just one champagne. By the way, is that the same Country Road duffle bag you had in high school? Why not swan around Europe with something from Louis Vuitton :)?

      We’ve been giving the goldfish a hard time but it’s really the silverfish you need to watch out for. Remember to pack some mothballs!

      Better let you get back to it...

  3. BonSTAR the GRATE12/9/12 18:13

    Hey Cara! Just found your blog - thanks Fi!