How does one spend one's last week preparing for four months in a foreign country? Particularly with rustic conditions and minimal airline baggage allowances to look forward to. One might expect that I would take up origami to get me used to twisting things into impossible shapes in order to make it all fit in. Or brush up on my Tetris skills. In reality however, I’ve been eating Easter Egg that never got opened (got to use up things in my cupboard), buying so many pairs of shorts I don’t know that they’ll all fit (but I might not want to wear jeans!), making cookie dough cupcakes and watching a lot of Man vs Food (so the pre-summer diet is going as well as could be expected).
Today, Journey – 2, we attempted to pack my suitcase. Attempted being the operative word.
Now normally, I’m an everything but the kitchen sink sorta girl, the kitchen sink only being omitted because I forgot it. If remembered in time, it would probably be shoved into my handbag. But, for once, I thought I’d been really frugal.
Things did not get off to a good start. I’ve got a great case that is big enough for everything I’ve ever needed it for in the past, and that was too small. We brought down a bigger case and it was still too small. Plan for tomorrow is to take out a few things – shower flip flops, my newly bought fleece and try and condense things as much as possible and go with the original (lighter) case. Scales also being brought down in the hope my luggage is under the weight limit!
In the interests of making blog potentially useful for people who don’t know me, I’ll share my packing list. The following is for 4 months away from home in the US, 3 of which will be staying at a summer camp:
Carry on toiletries
In a toilet bag, except for liquids:
Basic makeup (concealer, powder, mascara, lippy)
Hold luggage toiletries
In a toilet bag:
Feminine hygiene products
Shampoo (1 bottle)
Conditioner (2 bottles –long hair!)
Towel x 2, one being a travel towel
After sun lotion
Swimsuit x 2
Underwear and socks x 10
Jeans x 3
Shorts x 4 (was meant to be 2, but I “accidentally” bought more)
Football shirts x 2
Polo shirts x 5
T-shirts x 3
Hoodie x 2 (1 light, 1 heavy)
Army style cap
Heavy duty trainers
Misc. hold luggage
Printed out pictures from home
Misc. hand luggage
Camera + accoutrements
Phone + charger
Ipod + charger
Laptop + charger
Mr Pricklepants toy – a gift from my boyfriend!