I used to fly everywhere and all the time. I used to have Southwest Rapid Rewards tickets regularly available, but that was during the dark period when I had no dogs (and white carpet in the bedroom and a drip system in the yard). Once I got Kip, I stopped flying except for occasional out-of-town trials. Then Inca came home and I stopped accepting out-of-town cases. I added Chase, had to sell the CR-V and get the Element . . . haven’t flown since he and I arrived home from Oregon. So, the way it works is you just put in the car whatever you think you might possibly need — it usually fits between the crates or under the platform or on the floor in the front seat.
So, I am having a crisis of confidence. I am flying to Nationals, need “stuff” for a week, and have no idea how to limit what I take along. I am completely out of practice! Clothes — some mix and match stuff that doesn’t wrinkle too much, toiletries, the i.d. door hangers and grooming area hangers, contact information for the raw food store and the butchers, a bling leash and collar for Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes, a couple of gifts that I’ve accumulated, my digital camera (the Nikon or the little one?), the video camera, a tripod (?), my computer, and a partridge in a pear tree.
I think I need a list. Help — what do you consider the three essentials for successfully attending a National Specialty, keeping in mind that booze can be purchased in Topeka?