I love road trips. I really, surely, do. I like doing them with other people, but my friends aren’t as willing as I am to drop everything, quit their jobs, sell their stuff, and hit the road for an indefinite period of time in an unknown direction. They’re all Oh, I have to pay rent, and I would, but I have kids to feed. Whatever.
So, more often than not I find myself alone on these pavementy adventures. And this is fun too. Mostly because I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without worrying about pleasing my travel companion. You drove all this way to knit in a hostel common room? Yes, yes I did. What of it? (Picture © Stuart Gray 2009)
Traveling by car is also great because you can be totally undiscriminating in what you bring. When backpacking you consider every single item because that’ll be extra weight on your back and shoulders. Cost/Benefit analysis has a whole new meaning when trying to determine how many pairs of underwear you really need for a 30 day trip.
But with a car, anything goes. Just throw it in there. For example, here are some of the things I’ve brought on this trip. And keep in mind that at the time of packing I was only planning on spending a week in Portland in a friend’s condo.
- Camping equipment, including tent, 2 chairs, gas stove, sleeping bag, cooler
- Duvet cover and two favorite pillows
- Set of sheets for a queen size bed
- 5 Jackets
- 3 Mr. Noodles
- Knitting bag and more wool than I could possible knit in a season.
- 8 Books, including 1 from the library (now very much overdue)
- Sewing machine
- Bag of mason jars
- Several tarps
- Bouquet of flowers and two corsages (acquired in Portland, compliments of Bev)