I’m all for packing as light as possible, but sometimes it ends up being a really stupid idea. Last weekend I found myself in Scotland, a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years. It was an amazing trip, but thanks to my ‘oh-so-clever-look-at-my-minimalist-packing’ ways, there was a couple of things I ended up forgetting that really would have come in handy!
Here’s a quick rundown of the things I should have packed for Scotland.
Wee beasties! Wee beasties everywhere. From about 6pm, unless you got up close and personal with a fire, it was impossible to be outside. I hadn’t thought about bug season in Scotland (June-Sept) so never thought about taking some insect repellent. Whenever I stepped outside, it was as if I had been wrapped in a wriggling, biting, scratching mother-effing blanket of doom. DOOM. Even in two pairs of socks and skin tight jeans, the little buggers got in and bit my legs and ankles to death.
Bug bite treatment
After the bites comes the night long scratch-a-thon. I was rubbing my leg up against the bed post trying to sooth the itch, thinking if I didn’t use my nails at least I wouldn’t end up shredding my skin and bleeding all over the place. Nothing soothed the bites, and the ones on my ankles were the worst! I never usually get bit, clearly, I wasn’t drinking enough gin to put them off having a good ol’ munch on me!
A smaller portable charger
I have a great big brick of a portable charger that I picked up off Amazon a while ago. It gives me over 8 full phone recharges and is a bloggers best friend when it comes to events and travelling. But, it’s big. It’s heavy. it doesn’t exactly fit in an evening bag or even your jeans pocket. So to charge, you’ve got to have some space for it, preferably a table or a big bag. It was ideal for the drive to and from Scotland, but having to take it out everyday, and try and get a quick charge whilst wandering the Nevis Range, it wasn’t exactly convenient, just cumbersome.
Yes. Bloody YES. We actually got real sunshine in Scotland. To the point where we could sit outside on the grass, no layers on, and actually catch some rays. I never thought that was going to happen so it didn’t even dawn on me to take along some SPF. Stupid Sarah. Somehow, I’m calling it dumb luck, I actually didn’t burn, but I should have. Note taken, wherever, whenever, sunscreen and I will always be together.
Ok, Yes, we had sunshine, but it wasn’t everyday, and the thought of hitting up the Ben Nevis range with nothing but a waterproof to keep the chill at bay wasn’t doing it for me. I managed to pick up a Trespass close to body fitting fleece in a little shop that was having a huge sale as we wandered around Fort William and blimey was I thankful for it! It’s one of those things that everyone should have, you might not use it often but it’s a must-have staple for any wardrobe!
But Sarah, isn’t all of this really obvious?
Yes. That’s the point.
It’s always the really obvious stuff you leave behind.
I could have easily left the extra jeans, jumper, make-up I didn’t wear once, spare cleanser and half a pack of cotton pads behind in favour of more essential items that would have come in a hell of a lot handier!
What are some of the most obvious things you always end up leaving behind?
Until next time,