Spent a lot of last night thinking.
Thinking about the chaos I still have to tame with the house and the packing.
Thinking about stuff for work that I need to get organized and under control.
But mostly, thinking about the trip. THE TRIP. It deserves all caps.
I’m going to load 5 kids into my van and drive around the US. While trying to work full time. With a chronic painful illness. I’m wondering why no one has institutionalized me yet.
My kids will probably have to learn to change flat tires. They’re certainly going to figure out how to set up and tear down camp in a hurry. I’m guessing they’ll get good at lighting camp fires and cooking eggs and maybe even scrubbing dishes. Maybe. I’m sure I have no idea what they’ll learn as we wander the US. They’ll probably figure out really fast that Mom should not drink diet Mtn Dew unless everyone wants to stop every hour for pee breaks.
The two oldest will learn to drive. Not long highway stretches, but certainly around the smaller towns.
And then my thinking turned to logistics. What do we need?
- A roof carrier that’s easy to get in and out of and fairly large.
- Sleeping bags.
- Good sleeping mats.
- Camping cookware. Not necessarily of the hard to clean cast iron variety.
- Camp stove
- A small cooler for when we’re staying in an area a while.
- Towels and dish cloths.
- Clothes line and clothes pins
If it were you, aside from personal items and toiletries, what things would you want to have a long on a journey such as this?