the whole packing thing. Its all about carry-on (well I could carry on but it won't help). I need to get EVERYTHING IN THIS CARRY-ON for five days. *insert eyeroll* This just about holds the books I *NEED* (because well its all about entertaining Lynn) not to mention the various scrapbooking albums I need to take because of the family reunion. And we can't forget the necessary beauty products that take up a suitcase of their own. All of which the officials at homeland security just don't get. Women need to be in charge of that. Beauty products are ESSENTIAL - especially when going to the shore. ALL because DH does NOT want to CHECK any luggage. *insert frown face w/the tongue sticking out*. And then you can't just throw in clothes because you don't know what MOOD you'll be in on any given day. You have no clue about the WEATHER (hot/cold all factors in) and the the MOST IMPORTANT thing is can you FIT into the clothes and be comfortable ON ANY GIVEN DAY. ALL the above have to be factored in - which is why driving is sooo cool because you can make allowances for all that. Checking luggage has its moments because you can allow for that. It also allows for extra walking through the airport as well. You just have to have the correct attitude about it...So I'm hoping DH has some extra room in HIS suitcase because there are a few minor items i still need. Um like make up, hair dryer (which looks in itself like a weapon of mass destruction-all chrome and size) another 2 pairs of sandals -because its all about happy feet and ONE PAIR will so not do). Oh and the camera *gasp* which will be carried in my backpack and NEVER left behind and of course more assorted books for my reading pleasure.