Packing for Splashy

2012-04-07 00:00

EVERY year is the same. I start with a list of items, arranging my Splashy essentials from most to least important. This year’s hottest item is dry-hair-shampoo.

I am especially pleased about this find as it means I won’t have to wash my hair on the river bank as has become a yearly custom.

Inevitably there is a long queue and I only wake up when the hot water runs out.

Once I have perfected my list I can move on to my wardrobe. I systematically go through all drawers and shelves, stripping them of every warm item I own.

This is where the importance of lists becomes clear. I dig through my pile and check my clothes against my list.

Great care has been taken to ensure that I have chosen the right Splashy clothes. One does not simply take a pair of jeans for example. I make sure that the jeans I take are not only warm enough for the cold Underberg nights, but figure-hugging enough to hopefully attract that shy guy’s attention.

If the jeans fail, a girl can always rely on her gumboots. Mine are pink with purple polka dots, I cannot wait to shove them on.

Finally, I have an edited pile of clothes and accessories and I’m all ready to go. Now to find a bag commodious enough to stow it all … Our driver, a brave man who agreed to transport four girls, quake at the sight of all the bags — every item essential of course — that somehow has to be loaded on his double cab. As we drove off, he mutters darkly that we’ll have to repack it all if we get stopped at a road block.

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