Travel used to be so easy

What ever happened to the days when you could decide at the spur of the moment to take off for the weekend, grab your spare jeans and your toothbrush and be off?

We've decided to go off for a 3-night trip, well we decided a while back - then there was the research, when to go, how to get there, drive or take the bus, what route, where to stay, make excursion reservations in advance or wait, yada, yada, yada.

Then to the packing - Oh my freakin gosh, it's just for 3 nights; there are all the baglets of toilet paper annd hand cleaners-just in case, 3 kinds of bug spray, mosquito plugins and coils, night light, cooler with snacks, water, binoculars, flashlight, washcloths, is the camera battery charged, sunscreen, should I take a hat, what about bird id books? I haven't even gotten to clothes and toiletries yet.

Oh, and I have to pack for the dog who is staying with friends, dogbed, food bowl, bags of pre-portioned food, snacks, stuff to add to food if she gets picky. ARRRRGGGHHHHH - I'm not going it's too much stress.

Oh, and all the instructions for the friend that's going to come daily to feed the cats, and the birds, and the fish, and watch and clean the pool, and water the plants if necessary, oh my gosh, it's just 3 days....