Sunday, July 1, 2012

Left Behind

We recently returned from vacation to be reunited with our carry-on suitcase. Yep. You read that correctly. About 30 minutes after our South of the Border adventure we were driving down I-95 in the middle of no freakin' where when I had a huge "oh s#!%" moment.

The last suitcase to get zipped up and put in the car didn't get zipped up and put in the car. It was our carry on. For the whole family. It was essentially a survival kit.

In my mind, if the kids and I lost our other bags, it would be rough, but if we had this one bag, we could make it through. Well, at least until we found civilized shopping. That is until we I we forgot the bag.

At first - almost 4 hours from home - hubby said "do we need to go back and get it?" For a second I almost said yes. Then after a little more cussing. And a few more faces and even a, "you need to stop saying that," from him I got my s#!% together and we pulled out of the rural as all getout gas sttion and head on to Charleston.

As he drove I did two things simultanioiusly. I started making a list of everything that was in said missing bag. I also started up the Target ap on my phone. I say started up, because we were in the land of 1x showing where its supposed to say 4G on my phone.

Y'all. I didn't even know that there was still 1x. That is like what happened when I used to walk between the tall buildings on campus in college. "oh man, I think I'm going to go down to 1x from the cool 3x."

That junk loaded my ap sooo freaking slow. I almost lost it. Finally after what was seriously about an hour it said there was a Target at the next exit. Perfect!

Here was the list of everything that was in the bag:
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Juice Boxes - veggie and apple
  • Yogurt puffs
  • Wine 2 bottles
  • Anti nausea medicine – both kids, adults
  • Kids Tylenol, Pepto and pedilax
  • Back pain medicine
  • Denim Skirt
  • Undergarmets - 1 set for each family member
  • Bathing Suits for each kid
  • Markers, Construction paper, Stickers
  • Toys
  • Pacis 
  • Flatiron
  • Camera battery and charger
  • Sunscreen – spray, liquid, aloe
  • Fruit snacks
  • Sippy cup
  • Snack cup
  • Juicebox holder
  • suitcase
  • first aid kit
Then we got out of the car and it was raining. Then we got in Target and they were remodeling the grocery/food section. Then we got to the baby section and they were re-doing it as well. I left Hubby and the kids in toys while I had a mini meltdown.

I'd prepacked and pre-shopped the heck out of my coupons to save money and here were were shopping at the almost in tourist central Target and paying full price for sunscreen.


But in the end it really was okay. We replaced almost everything that was in the carry on bag and managed to make do without much of the rest (denim skirt, spare undies, juicebox holder).

And, it was seriously better than if we'd forgotten of lost a suitcase of clothes when we were on ship. Could you imagine a) what you would find to purchase on a cruise ship to dress appropriatly for said vacation for five days or b) how much that junk would cost. Yikes. That would seriously have been worse.

They don't have apple juice on the ship except for at breakfast in one spot. And there were no yougurt puffs or kids veggie juice. Not happening. And the diapers and wipes. I would have needed a second job when we got back if I had to pay $5 for two diapers and three wipes. (Tried to take a picture of this junk but they asked me not to!)

The worst to replace by far was the spare camera battery and charger. They were both cheap themselves, but the shipping to the hotel needed to be overnight to make sure it would get there between Sunday evening when I got to a computer to place an order and Wednesday when we needed to be ready to get on the boat. Over night. $50. Just for the shipping.

You'll thank me when you see the pictures. Really. You will.

PS - Here is one more picture of the bag. Waiting just where we left it when we got home.

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