Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Assembling A Disneyland Trip - #2
In a way it's kind of too bad. We've been soooo busy around the house the last few weeks preparing for Mrs. DisneylandTraveler's father to come live with us that we have not had that wonderful sense of anticipation a trip to Disneyland can bring. No time. We've been kind of robbed of the planning, the thinking about what to pack, checking for the latest weather conditions in Anaheim, and just kind of having fun mapping out your days. Like I said, if someone told me the bus to Disneyland leaves in about 2 hours, I could be ready but there is just plain something fun about methodically plotting, planning, and scheming while the anticipation builds for a trip. You could easilily turn a trip to Disneyland into an event that takes several weeks (or months if you are talking about a trip to Walt Disney World). But this year, just a lot of preoccupation with other matters going on in our lives culminating in last night's annual filing of our income taxes. Its a wonder there is any money left over at all for a trip to Disneyland.
Anyway, many of the things that has been taking so much of our time have been settled and now we have about 3 days to get ourselves together for our trip. Can I make a suggestion to other Disneyland travelers out there? You don't have to get anything very fancy but make sure you have a suitcase (preferably with wheels) that can handle most of your clothing, shoes, the bathroom items. Here's the deal. We made a trip to Disneyland a few years ago with my sister. Mrs. DisneylandTraveler and I each had our large suitcases containing most of our packables. My sister on the otherhand, since we were driving, had most of her packing items in backbacks, boxes, and assorted Wal-Mart bags. Doable if you have bell service but if you stay at a hotel that does not offer that service then guess who gets to make the 15 trips up the stairs to our second story room carrying assorted backpacks, boxes, and plastic baggies. That turned out to be my job. I was pooped before we ever settled in and headed to the park.
Mrs. DLT isn't perfect when it comes to packing, insisting we bring our own coffee pot for the room, laundry detergent and fabric softener, a portable fan, and cooler of assorted drinks along with some in room food snacks. I'm used to that. I guess it was my sister packing all her belongings in a dozen different containers that got to me. I'm a big believer in large suitcases and cramming as much as you can in it. It shouldn't take an hour of exhaustion to get your belongings into a hotel room
So guess what tonight brings? Getting out the large suitcase out and begin to put things in it. One suitcase for wearables and toilettries and a backback for cameras, chargers, and cables. Add my laptop and I'm good to go for a week. One trip from the car to the room for me.