Saying goodbyes and packing lists
We are less than 5 and a half hours from takeoff and although exhausted I think we are both too excited and nervous to sleep. We've been busy loading our tablets with apps, putting music on ipods and clearing space on SD cards. It's been hard saying "goodbye for now" to our friends and family here but it's awesome to know we have people who love us to come back to (not to mention jobs to return to as well)
After lots of hugs came the dreaded part. Packing our life into 45 liters. Something I found most helpful were packing lists so I will include mine.
Tops: 4 tanks, 2 tshirts, 1 rain jacket, 1 warmer base jacket (mostly for Nepal)
Bottoms: One knee length skirt for temples, leggings, soft comfy cozy pants for plane/air-con buses/keeping the bugs off, board shorts, linen shorts and denim shorts.
Undies, 2 pairs of socks, 2 sets of pajamas
1 wireless bra, 3 sports bras
2 pairs of sandals/slippers, 1 pair lightweight Merrell shoes
Odds and Ends: chargers for everything. bug spray, sunblock, pre-made first aid kit with stuff we already had, door stopper, metal mesh to protect our bags from theft. 3 months of contacts, clothes line, laundry detergent for sink.
Dive log book and PADI card!!!
Everything else is what you would expect. I did bring some makeup but just a tinted moisturizer with SPF, blush, eyeliner and mascara. I got bar shampoo to save space. I bought packing cubes and tons of other awesome organizing bags so nothing in loose in my bag. Both our bags ring in around 25 pounds. Mine expands to 55 liters if needed. If anyone wants any specifics let me know. I'm really excited to see what we are so happy we had and also what we ditch after a couple weeks.
There's no way I could explain how I'm feeling. So so very nervous but also very ready. It's hard to believe that we are finally going to see what all our hard work was for. Takeoff in 5 hours 15 minutes!!!