Packing for the holidays

I hate traveling. More accurately, I hate getting to places; once I’m there, I love it. I was not alive for the days when air travel was a glamorous and refined experience, but based on the vaguely bus station-like feel it has now, I have a hard time believing that those days ever even existed. With the holiday-travel trifecta of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas looming large in the near future, odds are that most of you are going to board a plane or two in order to visit family and loved ones sometime in the next six weeks. In an act of blog-based commiseration, I’ve assembled 15 GIFs that I feel accurately portray the process involved in packing that most annoying of bags: the suitcase.

[All GIFs via Tumblr]


1. Checking the weather at your destination a few days before your flight.

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2. The weather is terrible

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3. Pretending the trip is not happening so you can delay packing for as long as possible.

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4. Spending the evening before you leave frantically doing laundry, picking up dry cleaning and pulling your suitcase out of storage.

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5. Getting distracted while choosing things to pack by trying on clothes you forgot you had.

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6. Rewarding yourself for your hard work with a Netflix movie.

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7. Remembering that you actually, in fact, need to pack because the plane will leave without you.

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8. Ok, let’s just get it over with.

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9. Trying to figure out what you forgot.

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10. Realizing that your bag is too big to carry on.

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11. Letting your bag go and convincing yourself that nothing will get stolen out of it and you will, in fact, see it again.

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12. Realizing what you forgot while your plane is in the air.

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13. Waiting for your bag to come around the baggage carousel.

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14. There it is! Your bag!

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15. Buying too much stuff while you’re away and having to shove it all in your already-full suitcase to do the whole process again on the way back.

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  • Anjum Hameed

    LOVE it!!

  • cbl

    #5 is me! Every time.

  • Kats

    Lol thanks for this, Amanda. Best laugh I had all day.

  • sara

    Love #8 and #12!

  • Amanda

    Love number 12!

  • EGlez ?

    12 is me. ALWAYS.

  • Sara

    Amanda, that was truly fabulous! So funny and SO true! It made me laugh like a crazy person on the bus home from work.

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