Monday, November 17, 2008

What I REALLY Need Overnight

I was on my way to a meeting for work, a good 3-4 hours away from home, when I decided that I should stay the night in a hotel.  I had previously scheduled another meeting for the next morning, and by staying overnight near meeting location #2 I could save myself a good 6-7 hours of driving over a 12 hour period.

I mean, who really wants to get home at 10:00pm, then turn around at 5:00 the next morning and head back the same direction?  I don't know how I didn't realize that earlier and plan accordingly.   A night in a hotel was definitely my best bet for this trip.

But of course, since I failed to plan ahead, I didn't pack a single overnight item.  I sat there in my car for awhile thinking, what is the least amount of stuff I can buy to be able to pull this off?

So along with the help of my mom, I came up with a shopping list.  But first, we ran through the inventory of what I already had or could get for free. 

1. A toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap can always be found at a hotel.  Check, check, and check.
2. A spare stick of deodorant and some chapstick/lipstick reside in my car 100% of the time.  Check, check.
3. I have some mascara in my laptop bag.  Check.
4. I can sleep in contacts for one night.  No saline needed.
5. Pants and shoes can be worn again, no problem.  Shirts can be washed in a sink, hung out to dry, and ironed the next morning.  Not my first choice, but do-able.

Which leaves me with my true overnight needs:

1. Clean underwear
2. A shirt to sleep in

Not bad, huh?

And once I found that shirt dresses were on sale at Target, I switched my plan to sleeping in the shirt I was wearing and grabbing a new, fresh dress (+ tights) for the meeting tomorrow.  

The customers will probably appreciate it.

5 comments:

Lynn said...

Fun story...very resourceful.

Kristen said...

i am impressed! dave would be so proud of your resourcefulness!

Erika said...

Wow, Jess, nice job! You definitely are the prepared business woman these days.

Jaimbob said...

not to get too personal but you wrote about getting a new shirt dress and tights... did you forget to pick up undies witte!?! ;)

Dave and Jenni said...

It's like MacGuyver meets the Apprentice. How very resourceful of you!