Travels with Luna: Packing List

On one hand, I’m traveling with a car and can pack a bit more than I could for a flight. On the other hand, a lot of that “bit more” is stuff Luna needs to survive, like the special dog food that’s the only stuff she’ll eat. And if I had a third hand, it would be pointing to the fact that I don’t want to pack a heck of a lot of stuff. So here’s what I’m going with.

For Luna

  • 6 bags of her favorite food
  • Musher’s Secret
  • Paw Nectar
  • Canine seatbelt
  • soft-sided water bowl and food bowl
  • leash and collar
  • medications for 1.5 months & syringe
  • flea comb just in case
  • dog bed
  • ample poop bags
  • spare beach towels

For Me

  • Contact lenses
  • sunglasses
  • Fabric freshener spray
  • Crease release spray
  • small makeup bag
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • 3 sun dresses
  • 4 pairs jeans
  • tank tops, t-shirts, etc.
  • 1 pair red cowboy boots
  • 2 pairs normal ankle boots
  • 1 pair flipflops
  • 1 swimsuit
  • underwear, etc.
  • razor
  • couple sweaters/sweatshirts and a light jacket with hood
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • hair stuff (shampoo, brush, hairspray, headbands
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 2 sets of exercise clothes
  • nail polish
  • 1 dressing gown for swanning around and feeling fabulous
  • 1 hand-held fan for unfortunate air conditioning situations

For Recording/Posterity

  • Gopro
  • USB-C cables for charging gopro
  • Dog harness for gopro
  • Dash mount for gopro
  • laptop & cords
  • cell phone & cords

For Safety

  • First Aid kit
  • USA Road Atlas
  • maglite flashlight
  • Swiss army knife
  • pepper spray
  • AAA card

For Sustenance:

  • soft-sided cooler for ice, chilled snacks, and water bottles
  • Thermos for coffee or tea
  • 1 yoga mat and set of blocks
  • 1 set hand-weights

For the Car

  • digital tire gauge
  • wheel chocks
  • lug wrench
  • hydraulic car lift
  • spare wiper fluid
  • license, registration, insurance card
  • spare tire
  • light blanket
  • baby wipes (dozens of applications)
  • reusable shopping bag

For Entertainment

Audiobooks of:

  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • A Death in the Family by James Agee
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • White Fang by Jack London

Print books of:

  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 
  • Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

+ assorted music on CD, phone, and radio

Miscellaneous: 

  • The Bad Girls’ Guide to the Open Road by Cameron Tuttle, a classic
  • cash and coins for tolls and parking meters
  • post-its in case I ding anyone’s car in a lot (best be prepared)
  • umbrella
  • hand sanitizer
  • Tylenol
  • gum
  • 1 American flag for peacemaking

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