Here you have it, in all it’s glory. The bag. This Samsonite rolling bag might seem like any ordinary piece of luggage, but it is not. This single carry on bag will hold everything I need for my month-long trip. I’ll go from storing my clothes in a medium sized closet and a six-drawer chest (….and my floor) to single 20” by 14” by 8” compartment. A huge change.
The packing list is as small as the bag. 5 tee shirts, 4 pairs of shorts, a few pairs of socks and underwear, a sweatshirt, a camera, sneakers, sandals, a rain jacket (with sweet dragons on it), some cards, a journal, a book, a towel, a mosquito bed net, a laptop, and minimal toiletries. (yes, I do care about the oxford comma)
It’s most definitely not a luxury vacation.
My mom found a great website that has helped me figure out what’s necessary to bring on a trip. It advocates taking the same amount of things on any length of trip. We’ll be a little dirty at times, but there is always time and water to wash clothes (and people).
It is easy to overpack, but that won’t be an option for us. We want to avoid the potential hazard of losing checked baggage, so we will carry on our single bags, hopefully allaying any fear and uncertainty. We will check one bigger rolling bag, filled with mostly with clothes and other items to donate.
So tomorrow, I will say goodbye to the comforts of home. I’ll no longer have the privacy of my own room, the 12′ x 18′ (yes I measured) enclosure of peace, the ability to go somewhere to just get away. Traveling is empowering and full of new found independence, but there is always an underlying unfamiliarity to your journey: the unknown. But that is what is exhilirating about going on a trip across the world. You never quite know what is going to happen.
31 hours until departure!