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The Friday Rant Club – pack up your troubles?

Ah summer holidays, a relaxing time away to recharge the batteries and spend quality time together as a family.

In theory.

Except the actual process of going away on holiday is usually anything but fun.

In fact, Chez Muddling its probably the trigger for the biggest falling out of the year.

You see for some reason I appear to get stuck with packing for me and then packing for two girls and sorting out the food and bits and pieces we need to take and having to remember every single darned thing.

Mr Muddling on the other hand has to chuck his own things in a bag which isn’t a big deal.  Grab two pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans, a few clean pants, socks and tshirts and then dither about whether to take one or two different sailing jackets.  And then fuss about which gadgets you need to bring.

There is a complete lack of packing equality and it isn’t fair.

I don’t want to have to worry about what to pack for the girls and whether we’ve enough warm things or waterproof things.  I don’t want to be the person trying to track down the swimsuits or crocs.  I don’t want to be the person having to check we have calpol.
And then there’s the food – self catering means that instead of having my own kitchen with all the base ingredients I need and all the right pots and pans, instead I have to make sure I pack everything from oil to a decent sharp knife.  And then menu plan so that we have enough food for the first few days.  And it isn’t easy or as simple as just chucking some bread sticks into a picnic bag.

Last year it took us THREE HOURS sitting waiting to get on the ferry and if I hadn’t packed sandwiches there would have been an outright mutiny from the midgets.  As it was we survived by the simple measure of me throwing food at them every 10 minutes whilst fuming that we weren’t going anywhere fast.

So today, instead of being in work I’m going to be packing the ENTIRE family up for the holiday and in the process raising my blood pressure because for some reason, and I definitely don’t remember signing up for it, packing us up appears to be 75% my problem.


The Friday Rant Club is a chance to get those niggles, those irritants, those things that make you want to throw a toddler-stylee tantrum off your chest before the weekend.

Go on, let it all out and if you feel like it there’s a rather nice little button over there on the right to show you that you like a bit of a rant

I’m looking for some guest ranters – if you’d like to get something off your chest send me an email or mention it to me on Twitter.  Any subject, just has to be something that has really got your goat.

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14 comments to The Friday Rant Club – pack up your troubles?

  • I AM WITH YOU! I always do the packing, always. Honestly it’s just easier if I do it as mrSpud absolutely WILL forget vital stuff. he doesn’t pack anything, apart from his gadget bag. I pack everything for him, he literally turns up on holiday with no idea what clothes he has. I hate packing, absolutely hate it. Makes holidays miserable for me at the start to be honest. If I was a squillionaire I would have a Professional Packer.

    Weep. xx

  • nikhknight

    You are neither of you alone. He stands about, half-watching the TV and half-heartedly wrangling the child, whilst I race about assembling ev-er-y-thing we need in the front room. And then, when it’s all ready to be taken out to the car, he starts flapping about for keys/phone/wallet/miscellaneous-but-suddenly-life-or-death-important piece of gadgetry.

    Oh, and don’t get me started on the random “did you pack…?” questions. I HAVE A LIST*, DAMMIT.

    (*Actually, it’s a spreadsheet. I’m considering setting up a template MS Project Plan for future trips.)

    • It is so the same here – I’m packing for us three whilst he goes ‘do you know where my swim shorts are?’ and they turn out to be in a drawer he said he’d looked in

      MS project plan – this I have to see!

  • Sounds like its another thing we all do. However i draw the line at packing the OH bag, he can do that. Of course I do have to tell him what to pack but i don’t put it in the bag.. OF course then there is packing the car if you are going anywhere by car, arguments all round in our household for that…

  • Same in our house. I cheer myself up by packing into numerous oddly shaped bundles and then laughing while he tries to fit them all into the car.

  • Boat-Wife

    Same here. I pack for 3: he packs for 1. But he sorts the food so perhaps I can’t rant? Would love to guest post for you. Will have a think about what most gets my goat!

  • I so sympathise with you. I could have written this: not just about holidays, but about every time we go out. On what planet is one nappy and no change of clothes ever acceptable?!

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