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Packing for a trip

Posted at 2:59 PM on February 28, 2009 by Euan Kerr

As I got ready to go out of town on a trip recently, it struck me that the things I pack as necessities have changed.

There are the perennials of course: washkit, underwear, socks. There are my own personal essentials: novels, a notebook (or two,) a camera, and my flashlight.

But now I find myself reaching for the DVDs too. Two or three, just in case I get snowed in somewhere, or stuck in an airport. It's just too easy. And better than what is offered for huge amounts of money in hotel rooms.

As a kid, I remember the excitement we had when my parents rented a projector for a birthday party and showed some black and white cartoons on a wall. It was a huge deal.

Times have changed. Now I can transport several hours of movie fun in a couple of jewel cases. Of course it will never beat sitting in a theater with large screen and an appreciative audience.

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