There are people, I am sure, who plan ahead and pack and get all of their affairs in order before going on a long trip. There are people who organize their pre-travel needs into separate to-do lists and then methodically check off each one as they complete.
I am not one of those people.
I spend enormous amounts of time thinking ahead in the editing room and as a professor, planning and planning for every eventuality (except for the ones that actually happen of course). That all falls apart as soon as I get home.
So, I’m leaving for Europe a week from Friday and I have to start thinking of planning. Not planning, but thinking of planning. Much better.