Pride isn’t a super attractive trait. That said, I’m pretty proud of my latest packing feat. It’s always my goal to pack light–usually packing for a week in a single backpack. I went a bit over that this time, but not much. These were the factors I had to incorporate:
Travel for a week in Whistler, Canada. (Passport and paperwork essential.) Temperatures in a high near 70F for half the week, and highs in the mid 40s the other half. Nights in the 30s (and I have to walk to restaurants). And room to bring home extra stuff I accumulate during the week.
Events to pack for:
- Presenting a flash talk
- Teaching a short class
- Attending workshops/classes/meetings
- Early morning (cold) walks with friends/co-workers.
- Three hrs mountain biking (rain predicted)
- An ecology/geology walk
- A jiujitsu class
- Two swing dance classes
- An escape room
- A party for which we were encouraged to bring neon and sparkly clothing
This took a lot of thought…compounded by the fact that I had to find warmer clothes, which were still in boxes from our move. And I discovered key essentials (such as travel toothpaste) were still safely ensconced at our old house, three hrs away.
But I did it! And I have a bag mostly empty, ready to bring home swag I pick up at the Grand Meetup 🙂
What’s the GM? I work for a distributed company and interact very closely with my co-workers in an online environment, but all 450-ish of us only get to meet face-to-face one time a year. (We have smaller team meetups during the year, but this is the biggie.)
For an entire week we play, bond, pool brain power to make WordPress.com/Jetpack/mobile apps (I wrote this using the WordPress mobile app while I was on the plane yesterday)/etc. better. In short, I get to geek out and collaborate with others like me with no guilt.
It’s exhausting, exhilarating and inspirational. Meeting my co-workers makes me more comfortable working with them online throughout the year, and I love how this team effort helps us help others.
And I’m super happy I got all the traveling stuff in my bag.