I continue to learn how much or how little a person needs to pack when they leave home for five weeks: a container for medicines, one for make-up, a pouch for a water colour kit, a pocket or pocket book for a room key, a place for an airline ticket and passport, a silk bag for faux pearls, a place for pens and a piece of paper in case I need to make a list of something.
I started the trip with a black leather 3 pocket belly pouch that circles my waist, since there is nothing like having hands free for balance when going over the cobble stones or down a ship’s corridor on a day of rolling waters. I have other bags. Catherine sent me a wine coloured over-the-shoulder travel bag from Mountain Equipment Coop – already containerized for a bottle of water, a compartment for a camera, a larger pouch for a scarf, a flat pouch for maps and travel books and a place for a cell phone and an IPad. I wear it around the ship and re-compartmentize “stuff “depending on if I am going away from the cabin for a hour for the morning and the afternoon, and returning only in time to shuffle papers to a sequined bag for dinner. How much fun. I need more bags than clothes.