So, it went like this; Emergency call from my brother. Dad was sick. I live overseas (over the Irish sea, so only one sea technically speaking). Flight required and clothes needed for a 3 night trip. A stint where who knows what will go down. How do you pack for such scenarios? Here’s how I managed;
Keep a cool head-
The bag was not dragged out of a nearby wardrobe and flung dramatically on the bed a la TV shows. I booked the flights and then got my bag and passport out. Small steps. Solid start.
Crystal ball gazing
Meanwhile, I am thinking where am I going to be and who shall I be seeing? Pack accordingly. I didn’t know much about either as situation was only developing. So, throw in a smart shirt that will work in a restaurant or while grabbing coffees for relatives.
Throw in slip-on smart shoes and a pair of my best sneakers. Not sure which of these I will wear travelling yet, but they are picked out, so another box ticked. Progress being made here.
Essentials and versatility
Socks and underwear are absolutely essential. It’s often the small things that catch you out. In they go. Rationed for 3 days. Any longer I am in the wash-house. Other than that I am packing a couple of good t-shirts and a polo shirt. It is Scotland I am going to, but it is technically summer right?
Check the forecast. It’s Glasgow, so I guess it’ll be raining at some point. I flirt with a blazer. I actually have it off it’s hanger. Wait a minute. It’s a hospital I am going to, not a wine bar. Back on the hanger. I am determined to take one jacket only. I plump for my Belstaff waterproof jacket. It’s light, but smart and can handle some precipitation, so it’s in!
Important this as airports are seemingly hermetically sealed, so fresh air and cooling breezes are non-existent. They are way too warm and security is a royal pain in the butt. It all adds to stress, so choose wisely I tell myself. Slip-on shoes for cool feet/ankles and stress free removal at security. Cotton t-shirt for keeping body temperature down when the buggy in front of you at security won’t fold up. Chinos or your lightest denim, so your legs can breathe. Carry the jacket or stick it on top of your bag.
Book the taxi and set the alarm clock. Sorted.
PS- Happy to say my Dad is fine. Angiogram done and stent in and he is hopefully back to full health.
For what it’s worth, he also said my tshirt was nice. Cheers Dad!