Sunday, September 7, 2008

24 hours!

I am almost ready to leave! After two weeks in PR, where the trip was the last thing on my mind, I am now verging on the full-blown freaking out stage. Yesterday, I had a 17 item to-do list. I crossed out about 12 things, only to add 9 more today. My backpack is up to 30 pounds, but it's 100% ready. Check out the pictures:

I have realized how age really makes you be more careful. I have become such a princess! I have so much stuff that if I have to empty my bag in customs, I am going to be mortified. I have over-analyzed each item at least three times, making pro and con lists in my mind. I always end up bringing it-because -"what if I NEED it"?

NEED has become my new key word. I will not survive without certain things. When Phil and I went to Europe 7 years ago, I took the same bag, but it was half as full and I certainly didn't feel like I NEEDed anything except money. Now, certain toiletries, pills, and electronics have taken precedence. I have noise-canceling headphones, an international cell phone, chargers of all kinds, a voltage converter, a generic version of every over the counter medicine produced in the US and one thousand Wet Wipes. How do you say "that girl" in vietnamese?


Joanne M.W. said...

This is so amazing! Have so much fun, and I can't wait to see all your updates! :)

Sarah said...

I love that one of the tags for your blog is "pack rat."

Your bag does look larger than the one I was thinking of bringing. Now I am wondering if I am crazy for thinking I can get all my stuff in a smaller bag. I guess I should go buy it and try it out sooner rather than later.

Anonymous said...

i love the pictures already! perhaps we will see a curvature slowly develop as you carry that bag for the next couple of months!

Sarah said...

I can't believe you are there!!