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The Most Illogical, Unreasonable, and Absurd Things We Pack- Life on the Road Tips

The Most Illogical, Unreasonable, and Absurd Things We Pack- Life on the Road Tips

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We’ve been traveling a long time now. We’ve seen all sorts of odd things, participated in amazing festivals, and have slept under every imaginable and unimaginable condition you can imagine. (Oh, oh, oh! New all-time high, which even beats sleeping in a bar with the kids, is now… a slightly up-graded whore house. Yes, I’m proud, and yes, more details of this world-schooling classroom adventure soon.)

We’ve reached all sort of enlightenments and insights (most famously noted in I Know Nothing And 99 Other Things The Road Has Taught Me), have endangered our lives more times than we’d like to admit, have volunteered as a family around the globe, and melted down and broken enough to be considered seriously off-balance. We sometimes consider ourselves reasonable, sane adults leading our family to greatness; and sometimes feel like lost, bewildered children besides ourselves in self-doubt. So, when people ask us questions about travel, like what do you pack, what unreasonable things do you tote around, and what would you have done differently, I always smile and say way more than anyone would have asked for.

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I like to think of my talks with you like friends sitting together and laughing, and the conversation goes here and there, and always reaches that point when we both say, “How in the world did we start talking about this?” and backtrack and figure it out. So, welcome to this talk, and let’s see where it leads us. I do hope it leads you to comment, and actively join that discussion with me, for a- it helps us tremendously to show our sponsors that we have an active online presence and b- I want to know, talk, laugh, and rub ideas off of you and your experiences too.

The Most Illogical, Unreasonable Things We Carry

  • too many laptops that don’t work
  • that huge IKEA stuffed animal dog that the Korean guy gave us in Thailand
  • that huge Greek Mythology Book (year one)
  • that even heavier Stars book by the guy who wrote Curious George (year two)
  • 13 Malaysian workbooks (6 English, 6 Math, and 1 extra-large Science- year three)
  • the second-hand winter jackets we bought for 80 cents in Da Lat, Vietnam
  • a guitar I play with fervor for two months and then don’t touch for three
  • half of the sentimental things the kids carry around in their bags (their issue)
  • the Steripen we haven’t used since Lima, Peru (May 2012)
  • too many gadgets, wires, and hard-drives that don’t work (including MP3’s that are rarely charged or not working)

What We Would Do Differently

I recognize that we are all wiser looking back so it’s almost silly to answer this but all the same, I’ll play…

  • I would still move slowly like we did the first two years
  • I would trust the Universe that the money will come and stop living like we are in a dire state of emergency
  • I would hopefully not keep repeating My Greatest Travel Mistake even though I do (I’m a slow learner)
  • would still lovingly recognize that I’m Just A Butt In The Wind
  • would have looked better and prevented the motorcycle accident with Solai and I in Cambodia
  • would have known that a different insurance may have helped cover all the stuff that got sucked out of the huge hole under the couch of the RV that we lost
  • would buy an RV and travel much slower in the US
  • would have stopped accepting comments on the blog and in Facebook from those light-less bullies way earlier
  • would care less that people I had expected to love and support me just gossip about me and don’t support
  • would read more books on the reader and stop resisting it cuz it’s not a ‘real book’

What Else I Would Share In This Odd Little Patchwork Interview

  • that i love to watch Solai waving at the boats that come chugging along the river here in Malacca, Malaysia
  • that a boat, gratefully, passes every two-five minutes so she is happily entertained
  • that I can’t believe that River One Residence Hostel invited us for four nights just so that they could meet us
  • that Solai just tossed her hat in the air for fun and the fan flung it across the room, tearing her new flower bonnet
  • that I’m sorry I snapped at her when she spoke to me (again) while I was trying to complete a thought (again)
  • that I love the mid-day breeze in Malacca
  • that we miss the staff at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, and Casa Del Rio Melaka who were soooooo kind to us and were overjoyed to spoil and treat us in every way
  • that I’m happy to go to Country #12 in two days, but happier to settle down in one place until the Annapurna in September
  • that life is just love, and if we can’t see it, we must remove the layers of guilt and fear and greed that block it, cuz that’s really, really all there is, and I want to stop forgetting that
  • that my friend Val (ThisWayToParadise) just wrote a post about what she’s learned in her 4 month travel sojourn and one of them was the deep value of waiting, which Westerns don’t get, and now, in year three, I totally do. Waiting is awesome!
  • that I should stop for you may get to the point that you really, really can’t tell me how we got here in the conversation
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  • that I’m hearing something and I’m not sure if it’s drums or thunder, or neither but I’m super curious

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FAMILY TRAVEL BLOG QUESTION #38: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO PACK? ANSWER: WE DON’T

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THINGS TO PACK FOR THE ANNAPURNA AND YOUR REGULAR FAMILY VACATION

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  1. Oh, Gabby, you are such a blessing. Yes, I had to wait in a long post office line here in the US the other day, and for the first time, I didn’t feel impatient…(or look at my phone or do anything else but concentrate on the waiting)

    • i know! waiting is the bomb! so spiritual, so not productive, no meditative! i thought you would like that part. gabi

    • i know! how insane! 😉 you know, we just may need it for the annapurna so let’s carry it for a year. god, it feels good to be light again. 🙂 gabi

  2. Fairy dust. Argh. I just wrote a long comment and lost it when I tried to submit it. Now ” fairy dust” looks like I’m cursing in an adorable, family-friendly way.

    • oh, god. i hate that freedom. some serious works of art and deep soul-expressions have been lost that way. i actually wrote an amazing post about us staying at a whore-house last week. (we didn’t know. the room rate was cheap so we took it.) and i lost it all cuz i didn’t paste … so. ‘fairy dust’. i love that. curse away. i’ll try it next time my child pushes on every button. i hope the fairies don’t take it wrong. 🙂 so many hugs to you. i’m still glowing from our last messages dear. gabi

  3. I’m such a packrat – I NEVER throw things away for fear they may one day be useful! Considering you’ve got kids, it’s like you’re taking a whole other caravan just for things that they may need!

    For the record, I never travel without a little stone that my mom gave me. It’s little, but would never get tossed when budget airlines catch me overweight!

    • awww. i love that. i had a precious stone i carried from our lives with the indigenous in the jungles of peru and passed it on with great love in cambodia. i do the same but eventually pass on every little token, shell, necklace, stone that i love dearly to someone random i meet along the way, i pass on the love even though it’s hard for me for i want to learn renunciation fully, and it helps me when i start on the physical plain. me too- cat, packrat totally. so is kobi. worse than me. so together this cleaning out we do every month or so is amazing. we just did three clean out/give a aways this month that now make us officially lighter than we’ve ever been. yeehaw. hugs, gabi

  4. It’s a hard balance to strike! i’m just trying to work out what we should pack for life on the road. It’s harder than it seems!

    • hi bethaney dear. it’s totally a hard balance to strike. and with kids, even harder. good luck dear. gabi

  5. What the heck is a steripen? Does it eject fairy dust?

    • omg you are my favorite person in the entire world. and so cunny and clever too! fairy dust rules! and so totally rock holly. Sadly, to his utter shame, it does not eject fairy dust, it lights this funky electroviolet or blue-lazar-like or some light that changes the electromagnet properties of the water’s dna to make the bacteria harmless, or something scientific like that. bottom line, we haven’t gotten sick using it yet. so that’ good. and we haven’t used it in 15 months but when you carry your world on your back, who counts little facts like that. did you join the mailing list. i’m starting to share insider stuff soon and would hate for any fairy dusters to miss it. hugs to you oh great one. gabi

  6. We’ve enjoyed reading of your travels, challenges, and experiences. We have been traveling via motorcycles for the last 6 years during our time off from work and are the weird ones in our neighborhood and extended families because of our desire to flee. It has been decided that we will sell our house in the next few months with a planned departure of Fall 2014 and will head south for at least a year, probably more. It is refreshing to see other families out doing it too. I still question why it has taken me so long to have faith and just go….can’t wait! 😉

    Best of luck and safe travels to you all!

    -Terry
    adventuretrio.com

    • Terry what a joy to meet you dear. how ever did you find us? yes, we’re the weird ones too. we can be weird together. on motorbikes with kids? no way. i’ll look up your blog now. please like us on fb so i can see you and share you there too. hugs, gabi ps: faith to jump in an do it is really tough.

  7. Gabi, love, this made me smile. I spent so much of our last six months waiting, fretting, agonizing and finally coming to understand (again! I need to learn this lesson over and over and over it seems!) that things come, they go, that it all passes, no matter how impatient or rushed I am. I’d like to pack some magic fairy dust when I travel, to sprinkle whenever I need that memory of waiting, of time passing, and of that fact that it’s OK 🙂

    • oh you did the ‘fairy dust’ thing! oh! pack it up micki dear. oh, i’m so happy i’m clapping. you did it girl! secret code give me five! yes, it all comes and goes anyhow right? and all changes and then what we most cherish, we lose and that which we don’t need, we horde. i think with a bit of fairy dust for waiting, we’d both be fully packed. hugs to you dear micki, gabi ps: have you signed up for the insider newsletter. coming out in july! gabi

  8. I have a huge Greek Mythology book (must they always be huge?) back at home that I actually kind of miss, good thing you brought it! You never know when the urge for a quick mythology fix will strike 😉

    • god it was huge, yes, why must they always be large? but, so amazing. it was one of my dreams to remember the mythology i learned in high school and share that love with my children. it was worth the weight of that book. thank you for sharing, and or sharing a love of them awesome gods. gabi

      • Those old myths are some of the most captivating stories, they’re definitely worth worth a read (or re-read). Thanks for your response, cheers!

        • tons of love to you dylan. i love remembering through you how much i love learning through great passion. did you ever learn the constellations too? i thought it would the perfect next lesson, but never fully got around to it. we started and it was amazing, amazing, amazing (that book is unreal) but didn’t get too far. 🙂 gabi

  9. I hesr you. Even on a week-long trip I always take stuff I never use. Seems smart at the time, like the guitar. But I’m impressed — you played it for two months!

    • terry. you are so kind. i remember we used to go for a weekend trip with three kids in diapers, with a crib and an impossible amount of things. the trunk is overflowing with winter jackets and changes of clothing and sooo much stuff for a two day weekend. unreal. yeah, i’m still playing off and on as we go. i think i’ll take it to the annapurna circuit too. how illogical is that?

  10. Gabi,

    I am Malaysian, and I don’t even carry 5 Malaysian workbooks, but you all carry 13? Illogical indeed! And I see you went to many places in Malaysia!

    Cheer!

    Lex

    • yeah. illogical is saying it nicely. 🙂 thank you for taking the time to share lex 🙂 we’re loving malaysia

  11. Despite the hardships, and meltdowns, and mistakes that you write about, I still consider you all as some of the bravest people I’ve never met. I love my little comforts so much that I’ll probably never live out my “travel fantasy.” Perhaps I’ll find a little bag of Fairy Dust somewhere in the back of my garage, and I’ll quit my job just out of a sense of whimsy, and then the game will have truly begun. Thank you. Thank you.

    • mike, wow. thank you so much. it is not easy to leave all comforts for this, and yet, we love/hate it and each other and the moments and what we’re learning all the same. what a kind thing to say! you have a bag of FAIRY DUST!!!! in the back of your garage? OMG, you rock! let the game begin then! with fairy dust, you just can’t go wrong man. you can’t. it’s proven. i checked out your site. soooo cooool. like us FB and we’ll share you FB page with our fans. we’re cool? you. are! thank you right back at ya. gabi

  12. what a great post. thank you.

    • i like you, usually.

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