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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I like this alpaca, but I think I'll like it a lot more when I can mix it with something else.

Getting Ready for Michigan

I'm getting ready to go to the Michigan Fiber Festival this weekend. I don't always have an exact shopping list when I go to fiber events. But, this time, I want to find something I can mix with a little bit of alpaca I picked up in a trade recently.

So, I tore off this little sample of fiber. This weekend, when I find a blue that I think will work, I can pull out the sample and use it to compare colors. (I'm leaning toward blue.)

The sample is going into a zippie bag in my travel folder.

Maybe I'm weird for doing this, but whenever I travel, especially for an overnight stay, I put together a little travel folder. It holds any receipts I pick up along the way and might need later. But, I also fill it, before I leave, with:

- A packing list (I always forget something if I don't do this. Once, I drove four hours from home and didn't bring a hairbrush.)

- Maps and directions, because they don't need power or cell coverage to work.

- Copies of reservations. (Hotels, rental cars, flights.)

- A baseball-card page full of all of my hotel club cards/other stuff like that. I have used this to book, say, a last-minute hotel in Chicago when I needed one. Not that I travel enough for my points or whatever to matter, but I do it anyway.

- A 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service.

- If I'm going somewhere where I think I might meet a lot of people, I also take an empty baseball-card page or two. I put business cards in there. This keeps them neat but also makes it easy to photocopy the whole thing after I get home.

Am I odd? Do you over/underprepare for travel?