What We Carry

October 22, 2015

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
— Antoine de Saint Exupery

The clothes I am packing for Spain

The clothes I am packing for Spain

It was a fun challenge to pack everything for a 2-1/2 week vacation in just one carry-on bag and one small daypack.  My strategy will be to dress in layers and sacrifice high fashion for comfort.  All three pairs of shoes, for example, are flats and casual rather than dressy.  They will have to do.

My daypack will hold my comfort and pleasure items — my camera with bag and lenses, my traveling watercolors (squeezed from tubes into two 7-day pill organizers), a notebook, various pens and brushes, and my iPad.

“Like with any journey, it’s not what you carry, but what you leave behind.”
— Robyn Davidson, Tracks

I realize that what I pack in my bags is less important that the intangible things I carry: my curiosity, my sense of adventure, my willingness to meet people and try new things, my sense of humor.  I want to be a good companion for my friend Carol.  With this in mind, I think I am ready to have a wonderful trip.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us of we find it not.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”  — Wolfgang von Goethe

3 Responses to “What We Carry”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I’m laughing, Rosemary. It seems that Peg Bracken’s advice could be applied to packing for travel, too: “When in doubt, leave it out!”

    Your illustration brought back the days of paper dolls, and the wonderful fun we had with them. I haven’t thought of them in years. I wonder if kids still play with them. I suspect not, but I hope so.

  2. Anne Timlick Says:

    Beautiful! you’re bringing the beauty within you!
    Blessings along your way~ before you and behind you,
    above you and below you.

  3. Adrienne Says:

    Happy Trails!

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