But, before I toss anything into a suitcase or duffle, I need a little information. So I can plan accordingly and be prepared when I reach my destination. What will the weather be like? Snowy or sunny or rainy? What activities will I be doing while there? Swimming at the beach? Rock climbing? Skiing? Exercising? Five star restaurants or fast food? Or are we cooking while there? Church services or museums or lectures or concerts? Walking all day or lounging beside a pool?
With this information, I knew to pack shorts and T-shirts for our trip to Branson. Swimming suits for the resort pool and the lake. Life jackets for tubing. Water bottles and daypacks for the days at the amusement park. One change of “nicer” clothes for the dinner cruise. Some of the food for our week’s stay and a grocery list for when we arrived. Bug spray and sunscreen. A couple umbrellas. Crocs instead of flip flops.
What about our journeys in life? When I wrestled with chronic fatigue syndrome, I packed along a multitude of vitamin supplements and protein shakes. With Anna’s gastroesophageal reflux, we packed prescription medications, medical tests, and baggies of Tums. With my writing, I pack along a small notebook and pen wherever I go in case I get inspired.
However, more than the practical things, there are a few other items to consider packing for your journey. Things like accurate information. Focus. Determination. Perseverance. Hope.
Oh, and what not to pack? Leave the fear at home. And the past. And the doubt. And the discouragement. And the critics.
What about you? What are you carrying on this journey? Is there anything you should leave behind? Anything you should pick up along the way?