Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Packing for a work trip

Actually, this is my first ever work trip, so this isn't really a "how to" but a "what I did." Next week I'll let you know if I did it right.

Electronics: Work laptop and charger, USB mouse with fresh batteries, phone charger, I-pod and charger, Garmin, camera charger. From what I've seen, I travel electronics-light compared to most bloggers. When not traveling for work I rarely bring a computer, although Dan usually brings his tablet, which is almost as good.

Reading Material. Last trip I read an entire book between the flights there and back, and this flight is longer so I don't want to run out!
See those old Runners Worlds? I'm months behind!
 Work clothes: slacks, dark jeans, nice tops, office-appropriate dress. They are a little more casual than we are out in California, so I half-expect the slacks to come back unworn.

"Play" clothes: workout clothes, a couple extra t-shirts, bathing suit (hey, it's California!) and pajamas.
I'm hoping the time change will allow me to get up early a couple days and hit the hotel gym or go for a run. Yeah, maybe. It would be best not to hold your breath.
Don't worry, I packed underwear, socks, and bras. I just didn't feel the need to take a picture of it for you. Sorry. Also in there are 2 pairs of shoes- sandals and work flats. Since my sneakers are the biggest, I wore them on the plane. All so I could take this little guy...
Sensible carry-on. Currently stuffed to the brim.

...instead of this giant one:
You can't even tell how HUGE this one is. It's like hide-a-dead-body-big.
 Also thrown in there was the food: bagels and nut butter, instant oatmeal, tea, snack bars, trail mix.
Overkill? Definitely.
Confession time:
The only thing about traveling that really really makes me nervous is.... food. I hate not knowing where my next meal is coming from. Its why I always carry a granola bar and water bottle in my purse.  The hotel doesn't have free breakfast, so I brought the oatmeal and bagels and pb so I could be assured a breakfast even if there's no time to sit down and eat. Then we have meetings scheduled from 8am to 5pm every day (with a lunch break in the middle around noon) and might option to stay later until 6:30 or 7. Throw in a 2 hour time-change...
Then that noon lunch break is actually at 2pm. And dinner is at 8 or 9 at night.  And I'm not going alone, so I have to coordinate with my traveling companions. Maybe they won't want to leave work every day and go straight to a restaurant. So... enter plenty of snacks. Just in case.

This probably is indicative of some major food issues, like eating my emotions or transferring my homesickness onto a granola bar, but I didn't have time to work out all my issues before hopping on a plane, so the food had to come too!

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