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?


4 comments:

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.

elks 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!!