This year alone, we spent three months in Mexico. In April, we spent four days in New York City. In July, two days in New York State and I haven't even included summer vacation or our return trip to Mexico (in December).
Speaking of summer vacation, while the timeframe varies, it's never been shorter than three weeks and always includes five nights camping in Algonquin Park.
It also requires me to pack for at least two seasons; summer and fall, two lifestyles; sleeping bags and beds, not too mention items for seven beings; two adults, two kids, two dogs and "Aries the Cat". In turn, it should come as no surprize that we,
Have a LOT of Stuff.
We've also driven to Mexico AND back six times (so technically, 12 times) so we've got the routine down pat.
Right down to the "discussions".
There is no disputing that Ed is responsible for packing the van and I am responsible for filling it.
Where our opinions differ is regarding what exactly it should be filled WITH. As the saying goes, "one man's junk is another man's treasure". Here is an example of a discussion that we have every.single.trip.
Note that the following dialogue might be slightly skewed in my favour.
Ed: Everything won't fit.
Me: Yes it will, you haven't even tried.
Ed: It won't fit. Is that really necessary (pointing to my undergarments).
Me: Yes, I need those.
Ed: I don't.
Like every other year, Ed will make everything fit.
It's what he does.
That and the roof cargo carrier and trailer will help...