On the Road Again…

Old Suitcases by nuttakiWhen you have no family in town, you spend a lot of your precious vacation time in the car.  There’s even a name for this sort of travel–it’s call the “oblivacation,” a mash-up of obligation and vacation.  As I type this, we’re pulling ourselves together from a lovely week spent in Omaha with the Sey side of the family.  I’m doing all the last minute things we do to get ready for the six-hour road trip home–searching out the Christmas presents (which the kids have flung far & wide), gathering up our pie dishes & cookie tins, & seeking out the missing shoes & laundry.

Old clothes in red hamper by keeratiAll these check lists have put me in a Quick Five frame of mind, honestly.  So without further ado, here’s my Quick Five Tasks to do before Heading Home:

1) Do the laundry.  I like to go home with my suitcases full of clean clothes.  It’s such a luxury to unpack straight into the drawers instead of having to face mountains of laundry upon returning home.  And family are probably the only people you can visit who don’t look sideways at you if you ask to do a quick load or two of laundry before heading home.

2)  Find your dishes.  I  never travel home–to Mr. Sey’s home or mine–empty handed.  I come bearing food, & in this case it was pies.  My sainted mother in law put on Christmas dinner, but I handled dessert.  We complement each other nicely, the original Mrs. Sey & I.  But this meant I had to transport my favorite pie dishes & rolling pins, plus all my tattered & stained recipes to Omaha for the holidays.  Which means I have to gather them up again.  Wish me luck!

Fresh Homemade apple pie by KEKO643)  Do the returns.  I believe in Christmas miracles, but there is no power on heaven or earth that can produce a return-free holidays.  So I try to bring all the receipts & deal with all the returns & exchanges before leaving the scene of the crime.  It’s so much easier to handle this stuff in person than trying to return a sweater long-distance.

4)  Locate all our cords & chargers.  It’s the age of technology & between Mr. Sey, the kids & me, we probably have a dozen Things That Charge.  Then there was all the battery operated stuff we received for Christmas.  If you want to avoid a howling weeping fit 200 miles down the road, it’s best to make sure you have that little robot’s charger before you pull out of the driveway.  Again, you might want to wish me luck.

SocialMediabyNikom5)  Go to the movies.  Because you totally deserve a little brain break after dealing with all the hassles of putting the show back on the road.  So you should definitely zip up your suitcases, pack the car, then head to the movies for your last night in town.  Nobody should cook, either.  Just go out & enjoy.

How about you?  What are you top five must-do tasks before heading home after a holiday out of town?

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming back to my place

    Have fun

    • Amy Conley says:

      You got him back, Helen. Hope he doesn’t share our colds with anyone in your house.

      • Helen says:


        I hope so as well as all the kids still have 5 weeks off school but it has been really hot all day and we have had the air con on, I do hope you all feel better soon

        Have FUn

  • Helen says:


    I am guessing that yours and mine are very similar 🙂

    Firstly pack and yes if I am with family bring home clean clothes
    Make sure that we have all of the chargers and electronics packed I would hate to go hone without my kindle or trusty tablet
    Make sure hubby has everything not like last trip interstatewhere he left hHus reading glasses and they had to be posted home 🙂
    And yes make sure the medication is packed yes we are getting old 🙂
    Last but not least make sure the car is filled with fuel

    Have fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, yes, the reading glasses! As a lifelong wearer of serious glasses–the kind you can’t actually function without–I have never understood this thing about misplacing glasses. When I don’t have mine I have to simply stand still & flail around with my hands until I locate them. I’m always slightly bemused by people who turn the house upside down looking for their glasses. It’s fun to watch them, though. 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Doing laundry is a must.
    Finding all the right cords.
    Keeping that “special” toy, blanket and pillow handy.
    Making sure the right cds are in the player.
    All hair appliances are in the correct bag. Meaning not my daughter’s.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, the hair stuff! That’s crucial! Especially when I visit my MIL who doesn’t believe in hair conditioner, evidently. (I just discovered that this trip when my girls failed to bring their conditioner. We asked Grandma if we could borrow hers & she admitted that she doesn’t use it. Evidently her hair doesn’t tangle?)

  • flchen1 says:

    Travel safe, Susan! That’s a great list; I’ll definitely have to put it to use the next time we head out of town! 😉

    • Susan Sey says:

      The laundry thing is key. It’s not always possible but once you try it, you’ll never go back. Imagine arriving home & unpacking clean clothes into your drawers….


      • flchen1 says:

        Yes, I can well imagine! That’s one of the not-so-fun things about traveling otherwise–coming home, knowing you have loads of laundry ahead 😉 Thanks, Susan!

  • Jane says:

    It’s not always possible/convenient to do laundry before coming home from a trip, but I make sure to separate the clean and dirty clothes. I go through every inch of the bathroom so I don’t forget any of my toiletries.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Yeah, the laundry thing is a luxury. But what we comb the house for are cords & chargers. Seems like we use every last outlet in the place & leave our stuff dangling from it every time.

  • Well, with both sets of parents gone, we are the destination spot for the holidays 🙂 In one sense it’s easier as we don’t have to do the travel with kids in the car and french fries on the floor, and the house is clean- something of a rarity 🙂 , and we have tons of leftovers and don’t have to cook till New Year’s Eve. But I hear you about the need to prepare and have a checklist for the long haul. My bugaboo are the chargers. You’re right – everything needs them and, unfortunately, they aren’t necessarily uniform. One size often doesn’t fit all.

    Good tip about doing the laundry before you leave. LOL Clean clothes are easier to pack! Heck, I’m not folding the stinky smelly stuff 🙂

    Have a safe trip home!

  • Shannon says:

    Double check books I am leaving behind. Some for my hosts and those that go to the library
    Paper print out of the six letter code for the airline

    Safe journeys and happy homecoming.

  • catslady says:

    I’ve never had to travel far during the holidays. Everyone lives less than an hour away. Or the times my daughters lived far away, they were the ones to come here. But as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are no grandchildren. I think both my daughters are at least planning on staying fairly close especially if they eventually want a babysitter lol.

  • I can’t imagine how people with children do all of that traveling. I do well to get myself and the dogs to Mom’s for Christmas. Especially as I normally have to work until closing on Christmas Eve and have to drive back Christmas day to work the day after. This year I had the luxury of getting off at 4PM and being off the day after Christmas.

    This year, the biggest issue was getting all of the presents in my tiny Chevy Aveo for the trip to Mom’s. One Coca Cola mini fridge, one two man tent, one two-seater camping chair with umbrella, one fire pit, one retro metal porch love seat, a couple of really noisy toys for the grandniece, a lovely wool coat for the niece. And then there were the dogs. Sigh.

    And of course with dogs one has to have a collar and leash for each one, Christmas sweaters for each one, food and water dishes for each one, food, treats, toys and blankets. And all of these items have to make the return trip.

    Hmm. Maybe I DO know how people with kids travel!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Louisa, my chin is on the floor.

      You got a metal porch love seat into a small sedan?

      I thought i was queen of packing. Yes, I thought that. I was obviously wrong. SO wrong.

      *uses hand to pick up chin*

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Ah, you are far more organized than I am.

    First—No WAY would I agree to bring food if I’m driving any serious distance (six hours counts as serious distance..just sayin)

    Second–I am so with you on doing laundry before you leave. When I travel, I come home and roll my suitcases straight into the bathroom (this is where the laundry closet is located.) I just unpack straight into the washer. My suitcase stays in there until all the laundry is out of it. But I don’t have kids. Its’ bad enough with just me.

    Third–Returns? You are far more thrifty than I am. I would toss that stuff in the suitcase, go home, and either donate it or find a way to wear it. No WAY am I going anywhere near a store between Christmas and New Year’s Day. No. Way.

    I bow to your organization and planning.

    Oh, and to your willingness to spend that much time on the road. Everybody has always converged on our house–not the other way around. Sending good wishes for a safe trip home!