I solved the tour packing by making lists and kits that I never took out of the suitcase. I would come home, wash my stuff, put it back in the case, refill any bottles and close the case. That way, I never forgot anything. Ever! It was very satisfying. I solved the bi-coastal life problem by simply having two (small) wardrobes and two sets of body and hair products. It made the commute easy: all I had to do was pack my computer, headphones, and some travel toiletries in case I got stuck. No packing and no stress.
Now, I'm dealing with a larger set of concerns. The UK! Nominally my homeland, now my former homeland, a place I haven't lived in over twenty years. I went to get my hair cut. "It has to last until July," I insisted. My sister reminds me that people in the UK do manage to get their hair cut, too. And that is part of the dilemma. Nothing is the same. I am not the same. My old brand of deodorant has probably gone -- and are you still wearing the same deodorant that you wore in your teens? I use different hair products. It's home, but it isn't home.
I notice how much I define my sense of personal home, not by geography but by my things. This makes tremendous sense to me; I live primarily in two places. I travel thousands upon thousands of air miles a year. I've got a different lifestyle planned around living in hotel rooms for touring, and I love to travel with the Wizard (yet another way of living). I am always on the move. I use my things -- my clothes, my hair products, my lotion, even a bracelet or necklace -- to create a sense of myself that can go out into the world or even, softly, inward to bed with the people I care most for. These help form the "me" that people relate to and with.
This is why packing is so important and so stressful. If I get it wrong or if I have forgotten some menial thing, I am scared that I will somehow be less complete. I can always buy a tooth brush, but using mine reminds of who I am.
So, some lists.
- every spare screw, back pad, foam plate
- inner tubes
- new tires (or should that be tyres, now?)
- gaffer tape
- extra cushion?
- tool kit
- knee pads and spare knee pads
- strap for adventurous moves
- shoes?? (I hate wearing shoes
- leg warmers
- neck wraps
- warm clothes
- performance underwear (neutral leotards, bras, shorts -- not clear what I need)
- regular underwear -- tights, bra
- tops or leotards (how formal are they?)
- plastic pants -- outdoor performance and rehearsals: it is going to rain!
- heating pad
- ice machine
- pads and balls
- back brace (just in case)
- beanies (if there's microwave)
- no clue yet