“There ain’t a thing I’ve faced that’s been too much for me.” Inner Ninja – Classified, David Myles
Throughout my day, I have a lot of open area for my imagination to run wild and to meditate on current events as well as future goings on. So naturally the one thing that I am ALWAYS randomly thinking about is this trip! If you can remember back to when you were a child, you would anticipate Christmas day and what that would mean for you. For most people it was exciting and intense. The anticipation of what gifts you would get or maybe Santa Clause had brought some really amazing magical thing would overcome you and so life was barely tolerable until that moment. This is the same feeling I get when thinking about this trip, only it’s not as magnified due to my being an adult. *Enter in Debbie Downer sound effect*
To prepare for this trip, I have kept a checklist in my head and on paper of things I need to do before I leave. Some include:
- Showing the animal sitter how to administer flea medicine to my cat. (She’s got an attitude but super cute! You can follow her on Instagram @madamemouffette *the cat not the sitter*).
- Bathing my dog Lukkah.
- Preparing his sleeping quarters.
- Paying Bills.
- Going to the doctor.
- Exercising more.
- Contacting UNCG about educational matters.
- Paying a speeding ticket. Uhg!
- Shop for appropriate clothing.
- Making a list of what to pack for the trip.
- Ordering items for the trip: camping supplies, normal toiletries etc.
Some of these could be purchased or done on the trip. However I really feel more comfortable being prepared than having to do it later. A control thing? Maybe? A woman thing? Maybe. Either way it’s who I am.
I haven’t begun to imagine how to pack my bag. I really haven’t. But, the one thing I AM going to do before I leave is put my logo on my luggage! One thing I have noticed while traveling is that most everyone has the SAME luggage. This isn’t a new thing and people have taken lengths to try to distinguish their luggage from others. What better way to identify mine, than to put my logo on it. It’s a hard suitcase on rollers so I originally wanted to just take a Sharpie to the whole thing and do some creative design to it. Unfortunately I envision it getting worn off before I even get to California and frankly, as a designer I’m not interested in the end product becoming a mess, so I’m going to put my logo, in vinyl, on the suitcase. When I’m finished with it I will post a pic for you all to see!
I have some major concerns about specific things when I go on this trip, though I will save that for tomorrow.
If you all can think of some helpful tips on how to prepare for a two month trip, PLEASE let me know! I’d love to be as prepared as possible! 🙂
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One thing I have learned with traveling frequently, is that there are certain things you want to have when you need them and the rest of those things that *you might need* are really unnecessary. For me I must have nail clippers; it absolutely drives me nuts if I get a hangnail or broken nail and can’t attend to it. For village travel another must have for me is hot sauce. Anyway, everyone is different, but I have found for the longer trips I make home or other places I usually pack WAY too many clothes. It really isn’t necessary to have a different outfit for every day because you can either get multiple wears out of some things and/or wash other stuff (like panties, socks, etc.) in a sink somewhere if you don’t have laundry. Tide makes these great little travel packets of detergent that work perfect for sink washing. Check this out for some tips on how to get the most out of your packing without going overboard: http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/packing-and-accessories/the-ultimate-guide-to-travel-packing
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Wow thanks Katie! Yeah you don’t really have to pack that many clothes I suppose. Good advice! I’ve also got to pick up some of that Tide travel packet! Might be great for camping too?