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For years before leaving on a trip I’d make a list of what to pack:  6 prs underwear,  6 prs stockings/sox,  nightgown and bathrobe,  2 prs shoes,   1 skirt,  1 pr pants,  at least 4 tops,  1 sweater,  rainwear,  jacket or coat,  umbrella,  toiletries,  camera and film,  passport,   plane tix,   travelers  checks,  maps,   travel guides,  and – depending on the season – bathing suit,  sandals,  suntan lotion,  sunglasses,  tennis racket,  sneakers,   hat,  gloves,  umbrella.   And don’t leave home without the folding iron!

Now my list is somewhat different:  cell phone,  iPad,  laptop,  Kindle,  and charging cables for cell phone,  iPad,  laptop and Kindle.   And don’t leave home without the meds!

lRetroFlash / 100 Words

Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Your priorities have changed, Dana. And you have certainly lighted your load!

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    Your packing list sounds familiar. I just took a trip for the first time in about a year, and had to remember what to bring–it’s been so long. Used to bring a whole “library” of maps and books and camera equipment, but now it is in the phone!

  3. Marian says:

    Love this list, Dana, and of course those meds … my quart travel bag (the one you show the TSA) is completely full of med bottles. As I wrote in my story, it’s the personal care products that weigh me down.

  4. Suzy says:

    Great RetroFlash, Dana! Maybe that’s why I can pack so light – I don’t take any meds!

  5. John Shutkin says:

    Great RetroFlash comparison of lists, Dana! It really says a lot about all of us over the years — especially the meds. We did a class survey for a recent college reunion and one of the best/most popular questions we came up with was: “On average, how many meds a day do you take?” Sigh…..

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    So true, Dana. The worst is forgetting to bring the cords to charge everything. Cost me a pretty penny at CVS!

  7. Ha ha ha! Hadda laugh out loud. Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-chaaaanges! Quite a before and after comparison, Dana!

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