1. Throw everything you think you "might need" into a pile.
2. Narrow the pile down to something halfway reasonable.
3. Bargain with yourself over the reasonable pile, which isn't even close to reasonable.
#1 might seem easy but it's really hard, because by the time you get done, you look at the huge pile of shit you have assembled and your brain just hurts.
#2 is a sensible process sandwiched in between two others that are hurtful.
#3 is the meanest. It's where you have to predict what you can and cannot live without. This can literally go on for days, if you have given yourself this kind of time to spare.
Case in point is Nuun. It literally saved my life and I won't leave home without it ever again. I've amassed a small tablet arsenal, weighted flavor-wise heavily toward the cola end of the spectrum. There's no need to carry a hundred tabs, but there's no reason to deny yourself a bit of satisfaction in the middle of nowhere, either. I guess you can see the difficult kind of decisions I am facing.
In other, other news, one of the family gatherings we attended was on the Edmonds shoreline. During which an incredible sunset ensued. The following were shot with the amazing iPhone cam. Crazy little bastard that it is.
In other, other, other news, we got back home and among the stuff we started doing was laundry. I ran my wallet through, by accident. If you can help it, don't do this.