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Hawaii or Bust: Packing for Travel in the New Normal

Funny, before when we would go to ships, we would carry about 10 bags. 4 suitcases, two carry on bags as well as a guitar bag that held two instruments. Now, in 2020, we purchased an RV Van to escape our being stuck in the house situation due to the Covid-19 quarantine and other things happening in the State of Michigan last year. That really changed how I pack cause I basically have a small house with me everywhere we drive Large Marge. So in many instances, my Kayser Cafe house is duplicated inside Large Marge, aka our Winnebago Mercedes Sprinter Van.

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Large Marge

Now, Large Marge has taken us to some of the most beautiful Michigan beaches and I really can’t say one bad thing about our miles and miles of coastline. It really has something for everyone. I know folks really love the four seasons here and dig going out in the winter for a snowshoe, ski or other fun outdoor activity. I am though, a warm weather beach girl, reformed life guard, former cruise ship musician travel junkie. I just want my hot sandy beaches with the sun baking down while I’m hanging in the shade drinking a tropical whatever the drink of the day is.

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So, that leads me to packing for a flight to Hawaii. Before, would have been easy, beachwear, sunglasses, flip flops and one nice dress. Today, I’m thinking about traveling for 12 hours not knowing if there is food along my journey, wondering if the guy next to me is going to keep his mask up for the flight or if they will be rude and disrespectful. I’m wondering if when we get to the airport I will be reminded of why I love humanity or of the fact that I sometimes question how it is we continue to exist.

We are all a result of what we have thought.


So, I will pull on Buddha’s mindset and believe that people are good. When I’m packing my carry on, I’ll include the usual:

  • electronics, iphone, laptop, ipad & charging accessories
  • journal
  • paperback
  • swimsuit
  • toiletries smaller than 100ml
  • flip flops
  • an outfit incase my other bag doesnt arrive
  • snacks (crackers/cheese)
  • water bottle (I wonder if they’ve closed off the drinking fountains)
  • hand sanitizer
  • travel wipes to clean tray & armrests
  • NEW: KN95 Masks (minimum 2/person/flight)

Seems odd, I’m sure I’m forgetting something. But I just get stuck at the mask requirement. I have no problem wearing it and will do so without causing anyone angst. I just feel like I’m going out into The Walking Dead or some other end of the world science fiction film. Somewhere my gut says, stay home. But really, the media is killing me. So the best way to cut it off is to create my own adventure and document what’s really happening in the world.

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Sunset in the Hawaiian Island

Last time I went out of state, we drove to North Carolina to visit Jake’s sister in Durham. I wrote a blog about their gardens a few years ago. The Duke Gardens were closed due to Covid during our last visit, but we did have a great bike ride about 30 down the American Tobacco Trail. I guess I should write about that too.