I blame the books.
I overpack everything, and that includes reading material. For this three-week trip, I took this with me:
Between Shades of Gray
MWF Seeking BFF
a nonfiction book on the lost colony of Roanoke
another nonfiction on weddings
Whole Living magazine
Consider that I am typically a book-a-week person, maybe sometimes two: this is overpacking at its finest.
Then I found a copy of Mark Twain's Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands in the Hana Ranch general store, and I bought that. I also picked up a copy of the Marie Claire with Kristen Wiig on the cover, because I love her. And I took the Hawaiian Airlines magazine from the seatback.
So what did I manage to read of those 8 books and 4 mags?
3 books (Moloka'i, The Bungalow, MWF Seeking BFF)
3 magazines (Allure, Smithsonian, and the Hawaiian Airlines mag, Hana Hou!)
Pretty good for being on vacation, pretty bad for my packing skills.
(I realize that a Nook would've solved this pretty easily, but I love the feel of a book in my hand while I'm at the beach.)
Do you overpack reading material? Or has your Nook/Kindle made you a smart reader-traveler?