Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Early Bird Packs her Suitcase

I have a confession...I’m early.

I’m early when I have an appointment.

I’m early when turning in books (this is one of those confessions that makes other writers hate me)!

And I’m someone who packs for a trip early.

I’m leaving on Tuesday for San Francisco. It’s the big RWA Conference. I’m doing two workshops there (Confessions of Series Killers: Weathering Line Closings and Other Career Changes w/Tanya Michaels and My Writing May Be Art…but My Kids Need Braces w/ Nancy Warren...if you’re there, I hope you’ll stop in). There’s a big signing on Wednesday night (if you’re in the San Francisco area, I hope you’ll come out...I'll be signing August's Same Time Next Summer and Everything But a Bride) and lots of parties and chances to meet with friends.

Ah....and the friends. My kids refer to my writing/reading friends as my invisible friends. They question my sanity when I talk about them as if I’d just had lunch with them that day. And most, I only see at RWA Conferences! But a friend is a friend, no matter how far away they live.

But I was talking about being early. Here’s my suitcase today. Every time I think of something I need, I toss it in. Then I mull it over. Sometimes I pull it back out. Sometimes I add more. But I’ve heard of some of my friends–some of whom are going to the conference–who don’t pack until the last minute. They wait until sometimes just hours before their flights, throw some clothes in the suitcase and go.

I get hives just thinking about it!

So, how about you (my invisible friends) are you an early bird, or someone who waits until the last minute??



Christine Rimmer said...

Hey, Holly. I'm an in-betweener. And anal, too! I don't start till two days before the trip. But for weeks ahead, I make lists of what I need to include.

Have a great time in SF. Not going this year and already feeling sad about it...

Ellen said...

I guess I would be called an early-last minute packer. Some things I pack early but some things I pack at the last minute. And by last minute I mean the morning I am leaving! But I have a list I use every time I pack to go someplace of things I always take. And I have a cosmetic bag that always contains shampoo, deodorant, hair brush, mouthwash, and other essentials.

HollyJacobs said...


Ah...a new category. An in-betweener! LOL Sorry you won't be there! Maybe next year in DC??


HollyJacobs said...


LOL Love your designation!


Shari Anton said...

I'm leaving for RWA on Tuesday, too, so I'll be packing on Monday afternoon. My only bow to organization is my toiletries pack, like Ellen's, that's always ready to grab and go. Yes, this means I may have occasion to go shopping in SF!

HollyJacobs said...


LOL Well, I guess your way is a great excuse to do some shopping! Wonder if you can write-off the purchases as a business necessity?? LOL


Cheri2628 said...

I am a planner and heavy packer! Days ahead of time, I make a list of everything I need to pack. I pack anything that I might possibly need, too. My husband loves to travel with me because I am so organized, and we never forget anything.

I hope you have a great time in SF!

HollyJacobs said...


Your dh is a lucky man!! LOL

Thanks for the San Francisco wishes...can't wait!


Maureen said...

When I'm packing to go away I start early too or I'm definitely going to foreget something.

HollyJacobs said...


That's how I feel. I try to tell myself it doesn't matter...but I fret anyway! LOL


Estella said...

I start packing early, cause if I don't I'll forget something!

HollyJacobs said...

Estella...welcome to the early bird club.

So what's the worst thing any of you have forgotten? I once went to a conference and forgot my make-up bag. Now, the no make-up was bad enough, but seriously, if you'd ever met my Medusa hair first thing in the morning, you'd know the loss of brush, products and flat iron was oh-so much worse. Needless to say, I went shopping! LOL


Dina said...

If I'm going somewhere where the weather is opposite, than I pack early and wait for the day to arrive, otherwise, I'm halfed pack and finsih the night before.

HollyJacobs said...


You're an in-betweener like Christine!


Kim said...

I'm a little of both. I have everything ready to go in piles around the bedroom and then the night before I scramble to get it all packed (or if I'm leaving late in the day, pack same day) and then I realise there are some items that I still need and I quickly get them together. For my carry-on luggage, it is strictly for a few neccesities and books. If they lose my luggage, I can survive, as long as I have my books.

I so wish I was going to the RWA in SF. But, no money for that. I was lucky enough to go to the RT in Pittsburgh.

Dina said...

Thanks Holly, I wasn't sure, but now I know. :)

HollyJacobs said...

Kim, I wish you were going, as well! Maybe next year in DC? The last time RWA was in DC was my first conference. I'd just sold my first two books and went at the last minute. I roomed with three women I'd never met before (they were lovely and are still friends) and had a blast! I'm looking at next year like an anniversary!

Dina, LOL Glad you know. So, basically, we have early birds, in-betweeners and last minuters. LOL


Lois said...

I can be early, but not that early. . . my Mom, yikes, does she like being early. Always wants to make sure I guess. . . we haven't been on a trip that needed packing in ages and ages, but yeah, she'll start a month early. I just can't be that early -- I can't sit and wait for an unspecified amount of time! LOL :)


HollyJacobs said...


Wow, Your mom even out earlies me! LOL


Nathalie said...

I am much more last minute and pack one night before my trip.

HollyJacobs said...


I leave Tuesday morning and I'm ready now! LOL It's a sickness, but there it is!!

Hope you all have a good week!!


Lily said...

I am a late minute person usually, so pack one day before travelling.

Have a good trip :)

HollyJacobs said...


I'm just back...had a great time! And just like I pack early, I like to unpack early as's all put away already!

Must nap!