Have you ever watched a teenager pack to go away? Girls being girls they pack everything except the kitchen sink. I mean you can never have too many pairs of shoes can you? Boys on the other hand are in the minimalist camp – why take something just in case – that’s excess baggage!
Typically as a mother I always worry about what my Men-Children pack to go away. If it’s a school camp, I insist they take absolutely everything on the list provided (yes, I was always very obedient). If we’re going on holidays, I like to have a list so we don’t forget anything. They on the other hand are always aiming for light and lean – why take long johns on a winter camp to the foot of the snow ranges – it won’t be cold Mum. Clearly they didn’t attend the Boy Scouts (motto “Be prepared”).
My favourite is overnight stays. That takes packing light to another dimension. Basically, my boys pack nothing. Nada. Zip. They go in the clothes they have on their back, and come home in the same clothes. They don’t take a change of jocks, or a toothbrush, or deodorant. I thought it was only my two but when their mate turned up at the door the other night to stay, I was greeted by a boy with the same approach. His mother didn’t seem phased by it, and surprisingly nor was I – I was actually amused and quietly relieved that I don’t have the only unhygienic children in Melbourne.
The funniest was Man-Child II who recently travelled to Tasmania to play rugby. As they were representing school they had to travel in their school uniforms (yes they were not impressed) and appear in them each day, before the match. Both my son and another boy who were billeted out decided the only sensible thing to do was to sleep in their school uniforms! That meant they didn’t have to change from boxers into school uniform into rugby uniform twice a day. I guess it’s efficient, but not what I call normal. I can only hope their hosts assumed they were eager to get dressed each morning, and didn’t realise they had actually slept in their school suits. Just as well I wasn’t there to see my son looking decidedly dishevelled in his uniform each day! 🙂