I am an over-packer to a new degree.
I have unpacked and repacked my 3.5 bags three times already in the week that they have been full. I then packed all my other crap into boxes to leave in my friend’s garage.
My bags for Nepal are now taking over my big sister’s living room.
Ayesha’s Rules for packing:
- Try hard to organize suitcase
- Roll all clothes to make for extra room
- Pack clothes you’ll definitely wear, clothes you may wear and clothes you’ll definitely not wear
- Need for electronics and entertainment: CDs, DVDs, laptop, netbook
- notebooks in case I get in the writing mood, sketchbook in case I learn to draw while abroad, collage notebook for when I go through a crafty-spell
- Two cell phones in case my Android is too advanced I need my old Blackberry (I hope it still works!)
- Bring stuff for orphans I may find roaming around Nepal…I have a big heart
- Need to look good: pack jewelry in case I’m not in the mood to wear beautiful, hand-made and affordable jewelry from Nepal; Makeup
- Health is important: Need vitamins, medications that went bad over a year ago that I found packed away in an old suitcase
- You never know what you may feel like doing in 10 months: pack a bathing suit and scuba diving license though I am going to a land-locked country and have not gone swimming since I stopped my introductory swim lessons last winter
- HYDRATION: 2 metal water bottles, a plastic water bottle that was on sale with a filter that specifically says it will not protect against dirty/infested (ie ‘developing world’) water
- Unpack everything and repack
- Try and get rid of a few things
- End up throwing in more things I may need
- Go through this step once more
I end up with:
- One of the largest suitcases known to wo/man
- backpack to wear at airport
- two small suitcases that can be used as carry-ons to keep more clothing
**EDIT** Here is what the corner of the living room looks like…