Packing your life for a year in to a Nissan Sentra is not the easiest thing to do. You have to be very selective about what you can and cannot bring. I have always packed light for road trips and was known for carrying around just my little yellow bag. This trip would be a little different as I had to pack for multiple seasons and many destinations. Not making it in the car no longer meant it wouldn’t see use for a weekend or a week. It now meant this was something I didn’t need for 6 months (on my 12 month journey I plan to travel through St. Louis in June where the rest of my things that didn’t fit in the Sentra will reside).

As I thought about my selections, I could compare it to only one thing…Selection Sunday. Each decision seemed tougher than the one before, but just like the selection committee for the NCAA tournament, I slowly made decisions on which items would make it IN the Sentra. I left on a Saturday, so mine was “Selection Saturday.” Below are the 12 “bubble” items. If you don’t follow college basketball, they are the items just on the brink of making it. If you want to see how well you know me, try to determine which 6 items from the list made it on the trip.

HINT: I included 2 items on the list that I simply forgot to bring. True oversights by the committee.

The 12 Bubble Items

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Stripey (20 year old cat)
  • Bike
  • Golf Clubs
  • Fan
  • Disney Tickets
  • Oatmeal Bowl
  • Tent
  • Extra Set Of Car Keys
  • Suit/Jacket
  • Extra Keyboard

Which 6 do you think made it IN the Sentra??


My Sentra just looks built for this…it will certainly be tested this year.


Golf Clubs – NO chance the committee was going to leave this essential item on the outside looking in. It was one of the first things in my car not just because it was the biggest, but because I knew I’d skimp on some clothes to get the golf clubs in there.

Bike – Although large in size, I knew I could put this on the back of the Sentra, so it didn’t take up any of the all too valuable inside space.


Football – It’s been up and down over the years, but can be played with almost anybody which was important criteria for the selection committee.

Oatmeal Bowl – Consistency is key. The committee saw no bad losses on the schedule. Although most places with a microwave also have a microwave safe bowl, this is the one I use every morning and got added at the last minute. (NOTE: It has already been used).

Tent – Ultimately, the opportunity is there for an adventure with this item making the trip. Committee just couldn’t overlook the possibilities. (NOTE: Mine doesn’t quite look like this…)


Extra Keyboard – This was the one the committee got wrong. Not necessary and hadn’t been used in the last 6 months. If they looked back, they would reverse this decision.


Suit/Jacket – I battled with this one for days. There will certainly be opportunities to wear a suit or a jacket and there may be nights where the committee regrets their decision, but it ultimately didn’t fit the mantra of the trip.

Basketball – This certainly could have found its way into the Sentra. It was in hand multiple times, but the decision came down that a hoop was also needed to play basketball and where one found a hoop they often also found a ball.

Stripey (the 20 year old cat) – This was easily the most talked about item. Never really an option, but had to list due to the serious talk it received from those on the committee.


Fan – This seemed like an excellent option. A small fan that could help control climate regardless the different situations I found myself sleeping in and a cordless one would have worked well for camping. Unlike the NCAA tournament, items can be added later and this is an item that could work its way in eventually.


Extra Set of Car Keys – This was truly an oversight. Although often forgotten throughout the year, the extra set of car keys can be known to have some very big victories over tough opponents.

Disney Tickets – If you didn’t know (I didn’t until 3 weeks ago), Disney tickets used to NEVER expire (way back in the day). We have some from a trip when I was 11 that still have one day left. I intended to bring them for use during my first stop in Orlando, but they never made it in the Sentra.


Did you correctly identify all 6 items that I brought?

6 – THANKS for still reading Mom and Dad! 😉

4-5 – Impressive.

3 – Mediocre.

1-2 – Not Good.

0 – So….you thought I brought the 20 year old cat with me?!?