Sunday, May 26, 2013

Packing is Difficult

JUST 4 DAYS UNTIL I LEAVE! Words cannot express how excited I am. Let's just say, I've been working on packing for a few weeks now, and therefore living out of my suitcase. Fun stuff. But did you know how challenging packing for a month can be? Especially when you're travelling overseas. Anddddd especially when you're me.
For those of you who don't know, I'm a notorious over-packer. Like, by a lot. My family and friends all make jokes about it, and I have to admit they're right in doing so. But I think it's important to be prepared. As in, prepared for potential winter weather in summer (pretty sure I should bring my winter coat, just in case). And what if I drop something on my shirt, resulting in an impossible-to-remove stain? Better have a few more to replace it. See my thought process?
Since I pack like that for weekend trips, it's only logical that I should multiply that by 4 to equal a month's worth of necessities. But, unfortunately, we have been told to pack light. As in, pack as though you are going to be gone for a week.


Freaking out a bit, here.
I started by emptying my closet out onto my floor. When I realized packing was more complicated then that, I started eliminating "unnecessary" items. Now I'm down to: 1 pair of jeans, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 2 dresses, 5 tops, a few undergarments, 2 PAIRS OF SHOES, and 4 pairs of socks. We're going to be able to do laundry there, thankfully. Oh, and there's also a few random items, such as duck tape (not a typo- I got some pretty awesome duck tape- and it's apparently a good thing to bring) and gifts for my host family.

I don't care what you say, this is packing LIGHT.

I'm hoping I'm done packing now, but chances are I'm going to go back through it all a few hundred more times and change my mind on what to bring. I have a feeling this is going to be the most difficult part of the experience. And, knowing me, I'll end up forgetting a lot that I should have brought.


  1. THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I'M PACKING!!! haha. It must run in the family. I started by putting ALL my clothes on my bed... then sorting through and pulling out "necessities" ...and then sorting through those and pulling out the "real necessities."

  2. Haha that's how it goes! I hate packing. Everything is a "real necessity" to me!