What exactly do you take with you on a trip around the world?
We had a little wakeup call on Saturday morning, 6 days from departure, when we packed up our things to move in with our friends Debb and Pat for our last week in Seattle. You’d think at this late stage we’d just be loading up our backpacks and going on our merry way, wouldn’t you?
Besides our 2 full backpacks, we had:
- A small backpack with other clothes we might need for this final week (I still don’t understand that logic even though I’m the one who created it),
- A clothes hamper full of odds and ends that wouldn’t fit in our backpacks
- 3 art pieces that will be stored at Debb and Pat’s house
- A box of personal belongings to be stored at Debb and Pat’s
- A box of comic books
- Laptop bag
- Jackets that won’t fit in our backpacks yet
- A plastic bin full of medicine bottles
Not only that, but my friend Betsy Moore spent an hour helping me repack my backpack so we could fit my clothes in it. It’s not even that I bought too much for it – I’m trying to take too many of my existing clothes with me. In fact, I’m trying to imagine every possible scenario and plan for it, which isn’t reasonable or even possible.
So, for any of you planning a big trip like this, please do a test pack before you go. And not just a “will all my stuff for the trip fit” kind of test pack either. A FINAL test pack where you look around and make sure there is NOTHING left. All those incidentals – toiletries, jackets, gadgets, etc., still need to fit alongside your clothes and shoes.
(Except for the comic books he plans to sell this week, Warren is – of course – perfectly packed.)
This was a big lesson for me. Readers on Facebook (have you Liked us there yet?) offered some great advice, including going for layers instead of packing warm clothes (too bulky) and reminding us that we can buy what we need pretty cheaply as we travel.
If you want to hear the other big lessons we’ve learned during this 2-year process, tune in on Friday morning at 9 a.m. Pacific to 1150 AM in Seattle to hear us give a final report before we board a plane for Ecuador and life and on the road (listen online live by clicking here on Friday at 9 a.m.). We’ll be sharing the microphone (virtually) with Baker from Man vs. Debt and get to chat with Debb Whitlock, who was there the night this whole thing started. It should be a fun show, and I hope you’ll tune in as we say “adios!”
PS – We’ll have a video post on Friday before we hit the road. After that, we’ll probably take a few days to settle in before we send in our first report from South America.