Getting Closer

My flight to Thailand is only four days away. It seems nuts that it’s this close, it seems like just yesterday I was applying to the program in October. Packing is stressful at the moment. As I’ve been packing, I keep thinking of more things that I need! I have a general “To Do List” and a “CVS” to do list and soon, I’m sure, I’ll have a packing to do list in the works.

Right now I have most of the things I’m packing out on my couch. Being able to see everything is key for me because it helps me visualize what size of luggage I’ll need, what things are excess or unnecessary, those sorts of things. I’ve been wondering silly things like how many bathing suits should I bring, how many t-shirts (think about how many t-shirts you have…), how many pairs of shoes, etc. My mind is in a pickle because I don’t want to bring too much stuff, but I also don’t want to be unprepared. For instance, will I need a winter jacket of some kind? Being from Maine, it’s hard for me to believe that I’ll never need a jacket. Not even a light one? I can’t fight that survival instinct not to bring one. Maybe I’ll never use it, but I’ll be pissed if at any point during the next five months I’m cold and I don’t have it.

Another thing I’ve been struggling with is what to use as a suitcase/duffle bag/trekking backpack. I thought I had it all planned out. I initially thought I could get away with using my North Face backpack, a medium sized hard suitcase, and a small Euro suitcase. But my has family lead me to believe that that isn’t the best option. My Aunt, who just got back from Zambia, was encouraging me to go with a soft duffle. Then, after talking with my Aunt, I chatted with my well-traveled cousin who worried a suitcase would be a struggle mobility-wise. I’m not positive what I’m doing yet, but they’ve both given me something to think about. There are no special requirements on what luggage I “should” bring so I really just need to make a decision and stick with it.

Getting ready for this big journey has not been easy, but I just keep reminding myself to take everything one step at a time. I know that in the end, I will survive! Maybe I make a fool out of myself at some point during this trip, but that is certainly inevitable considering who I am (lol). Right now I’m just reminding myself that it’s Sunday and that I still have four full days to get my shit together. Once I have a better idea of what I’m packing I’ll write a post about what I decided to bring, and some of the things I forced myself to part with. Until then, I’m going to take a bath and prepare myself for the season finale of Game of Thrones!!!!

Thanks for reading, xoxox

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