Getting ready to go

I know it’s a hackneyed sentiment, but sometimes it really does feel as though getting ready to go away on vacation is more trouble than it’s worth. There is so much that needs doing: Tying up all the loose ends at work, cleaning, doing laundry, packing, all in such a compressed bit of time that it seems all the more hectic.

Of course, I suppose it would be easier if I were slightly less neurotic. I mean, I’m sure there are people who can happily leave for vacation without having scrubbed the toilets. I am not one of those people.

Things are a bit less stressful now that my kids are old enough to plan and pack for themselves. At 19 and 16, they’ve been plenty old enough for some time now. Still, I worry about whether they’ve packed enough underwear and brought their summer reading books along.

Even though, with few exceptions, I pack exactly the same stuff for every trip I take, I still find myself incapacitated unless I’ve taken time to write a detailed packing list. It’s ridiculous: Who really needs to write down “toothbrush” to remember to put one in the toiletry kit? And what’s the worst thing that could happen if I neglected to secure said toothbrush? Horrors: I’d have to stop and BUY one somewhere along the way.

The one thing I make sure to write at the top of that list every time is my multiple sclerosis medication. When I first was diagnosed and started therapy, I had to stick a syringe into a little bottle of medicine and draw back the stopper to fill the syringe before I could inject myself. And the medicine could only go unrefrigerated for so long, so I carried it in a cooler. Nowadays I am grateful as all get-out for the convenience of prefilled syringes, which can remain out of the fridge for weeks at a time.

Tomorrow I am headed out toward my favorite place on earth, besides my own sweet home: The beach. Because my therapy seems to be working well so far (as always, knock on wood), I can look forward to long walks on the shore, fierce battles with the waves, and evening strolls on the boardwalk. I’ll try to remember to send you a postcard.
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is

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  • Debi Olson   Aug 30, 2013 10:27 AM
    Have a wonderful time!! :)
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    Bobo  Aug 30, 2013 2:08 PM
    To help from getting flustered when packing and forgetting specific items, I follow a typed self-made list of what to take, with the MS medication at the top of the list,immediately followed by the other prescribed pills that are necessary in my weekly pillbox. I figure if I have those meds, I'm good to go. The rest could be replaced if forgotten.

    The remainder of the list notes specific clothes for X number of days, seasonal needs (boots, swimsuit, sweater, etc.) camera, travel food, money needed, knitting project or book for reading at down times, travel guide, tickets, confirmation papers for hotels-planes-tours, etc. My husband is on his own for his packing :) Happy traveling, cheers.
  • Fiona Law   Aug 31, 2013 2:23 AM
    Enjoy yourself life is to enjoyed.
  • Jennifer, I feel the same you do about planning a trip.   Aug 31, 2013 10:37 AM
    Funny, I used to travel and love traveling before MS and while I still do it's not without a lot of planning like you say and alot of angst that I might forget stuff I need or overpack for what turns out to be no reason. While I have not forgotten my shot MS medicine the planning is sometimes a tiring effort, however it's always worth it and I am glad I have done it, plus I always learn stuff for the next trip and I always plan a staycation after for the rest I need from traveling:) LMM
  • Jennifer Evans   Aug 31, 2013 12:06 PM
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