Well hello again,
I woke up this morning to a big dose of reality – only six more days! Todays biggest task is one that I have been dreading for months, packing. I have separated my clothes into 3 piles: unnecessary to bring, maaaaybe I will wear these, and I wear all the time’s. After careful deliberation, I finally decided which of the 90740183 articles of clothing I have to leave behind and which to bring. Seeing as Melbourne is 30 degrees today (86 degrees for my fellow Americans), I’m considering only bringing a few sweaters instead of the original 10…..
Despite my success in choosing the appropriate clothes, I need help in a few particular areas. Maybe some of you will be able to help, because I have been struggling.
1: I have discovered is that there is, in fact, a WRONG way to pack a travel backpack, which I might add is about twice the size of me. Apparently, heavy in the bottom is better, I think? I’ll have to spend some more time googling the best and worst way to pack an expedition backpack. Good thing my boyfriend has already accepted that he may have to carry two backpacks. Shhh, don’t tell!
2: Another challenge, which some of you may think as insignificant, is determining how many bottles of nail polish a traveling girl needs. One? Two? My favourite six? I am seriously troubled with this, because it brings up the question of how important grooming is while overseas for 7 months. I mean, I will be living in Melbourne for 4 of the 7, so I am allowed SOME effort into my appearance, right? Do blow dryer and straightener and curling iron count? Is it reasonable to bring 3 brushes, if they are all different types of brushes? Help!
3: This third challenge I have come across today is toiletries. I need some suggestions here… Do I bring my own shampoo and conditioner? Or do I just buy new ones in each place? Should I funnel a big one I have into smaller bottles and carry them with me instead?
I’m sure I will come across several more questions of what to bring and what not to bring. This is not easy. Packing is much more of a trivial pursuit than I ever anticipated.
At least I have Los Angeles and Fiji to look forward to next week. We finally booked our hotel in LA, the Thomspon Beverly Hills – a buddy even hooked us up for the platinum suite! Ooh lala! It is safe to say I am beginning to get excited.
Finally, once again I thank God for google.
Till next time ….