7 days and counting

As we're now in the last week before heading off I'm starting to think of what I need to pack and other helpful people have been giving me advice on what is necessary to pack. I have to say their ideas of 'essential' don't always match mine...

Their essential packing list

  • Wet wipes
  • Loo roll
  • Immodium
  • Ibuprofen
  • Many many bottles of water
  • Spare car keys
  • Bit of food
  • Blanket in case stuck in car

My essential packing list

None of the above, but:

  • iPad for bit of browsing, blog updating and gubbins
  • iPod fully loaded with music and podcasts
  • iPhone, because to be separated from it for more than 3 minutes causes panic to set in
  • Drone (Phantom 2 Vision) to play with in scenic locations
  • Laptop, to play with photos from the drone.

I am starting to suspect that my vision is of the trip passing in peaceful tech-supported quietness, while my nearest and dearest foresee an almost immediate contracting of the rampant squits and a total absence of available sanitary facilities.

This is  I have to say embodied by Wife #1. I'm taking her suitcase in the car with me so she can fly to Crete with hand-luggage only but she has said she has reservations about this on the basis that "if you are kidnapped by a load of bandits somewhere, I will have no knickers for my holiday". This says two things to me, firstly that she seems to think my being taken hostage by moustachioed bandits somewhere is a fairly likely outcome, and secondly that if this were to happen she has every intention of carrying on with her week-long holiday as planned rather than joining the search teams looking for me.

On a related preparation subject, I did have a niggling worry that one of my tyres, while perfectly legal in the UK, was wearing a little low so it would be prudent to have it changed before I went. Just as well I did as the minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm but in Germany it's 3mm and as we all know, those fun-loving Germans do like their rules, so no doubt I'd have been fined for that one. All sorted now though thanks to the fine people at Tewkesbury ATS.