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March 9, 2013

Teenhood Today: Finding a happy medium when packing

Packing suitcases should be a sport. Think about it. Who can pack a suitcase the fastest, fit the most items inside, and encrypt secret recipes into the lining of the zippers for those times when you’re super hungry and in the middle of a long trek across the desert on a camel’s back? Well, if we made it an Olympic sport, we would know whom to call when we need to pack lots of stuff in a little suitcase.

I can usually fit all my stuff into a small suitcase. I’m very proud of that. The problem occurs when I forget things, and this happens every single time I travel. I’m sure all of you are familiar with that aching feeling in your gut that you forgot something? Well, I usually don’t get that until I’m past the point of no return. And let me tell you, pilots usually won’t turn the airplane around just because you forgot your fuzzy socks.

The most common thing that I forget pretty much every time I go anywhere, including a one-night stay somewhere, is my contact lens case and solution. And it’s always a bummer. The doctor says not to sleep with your contacts in, and I’m the kind of person who is extremely paranoid about the contact rolling behind my eye while I dream. I’m afraid that when I wake up I’ll be blind or the lens would have caused infection somewhere inside my head, or that the contact would have morphed into an alien creature that eats away my brain. So I’d rather pull an all-nighter and keep my contacts in than just go to sleep with them. 

No one else in my family wears contacts, so when I forget my solution, there’s no one to borrow some from. I’ve tried putting them in water for the night. I did this for two nights and then realized that the water seemed to have stripped the outer layer off my contact. This may have just been a trick that my brain decided to play on me, but I don’t put my contacts in water when I forget my solution anymore. 

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