I’m really bad at carrying things back and forward between countries without using them. For example, when I came back from Greece last October, I brought with me two swimming costumes – just in case I take grandchildren to the pool, or in case I decide to join an Aquafit class. I have done neither of these things over the winter. I must make sure to take my swimming costumes back again!
I also brought back a huge pile of art paraphanalia, which I dragged all the way out to Greece the previous summer, as I had decided to channel my inner artistic streak and do a quick watercolour of every harbour we went to. This did not happen. It was too hot to paint…. I must take it all back again though, just in case I feel the urge…… different sizes of sketch books, pencils, watercolours, pens…..
Cameras and phones – should I take my big Sony A58 digital camera and the zoom lens? Maybe I’ll just stick to the compact Nikon. But what if I submit a magazine article and they want good photos? I’ll have to take the portable hard drive too…. now, where are all the leads and chargers?
New clothes and shoes. Obviously I can’t just wear those worn out sun-bleached shorts and tee shirts, and salt damaged swimwear. Or the hat that almost got eaten by a goat. I need new things for this year. I’ve already bought three new pairs of shorts and some tee shirts. And a sundress. And a sun hat. They’ll all have to be packed too…..
So you can see my dilemma, will it all fit in my bag?