(Written on 02.26.15)
Currently I am on my flight from Tucson to Dallas on my way to Staging in Washington DC.
Leaving home was definitely bitter sweet. Leaving behind family and loved ones is never easy, but what helps keep me positive is knowing that I’m going to do my best to make them proud.
Unlike most of the volunteers, I saved my packing to the very last day. My sister’s room at my parent’s house became my “packing room.”
There, I had all of the things I knew I wanted to take spread out over her bed so that I could have a visual of what I was packing and also to take inventory.
A RPCV (returned Peace Corps Volunteer) advised me to pack everything I wanted to take, and then remove half of your belongings. I tried to follow that advice as much as possible, but I think I only removed about 1/4.
I really don’t think I OVER packed, but I packed more than what I needed in regards to everything.
- Toiletries and Meds
- T-shirts & Shirts
- Work out shorts and pants
- Swim Trunks
- Flip Flops & Sandals
- Formal Shoes
- Tennis Shoes
- American snacks (CHEESE ITS!)
- So. Much. Underwear.
- Go Pro
- Solar Charger
- Cell phone
- 3 head lamps
- Flash Light
- 2 Nalgene water bottles
- French Press coffee mug
- Alarm clock
- Bicycle Helmet (as per the Peace Corps’ request)
That covers the gist of it, but there are definitely other random things that made it in.
I came in perfectly underweight! My primary piece of luggage weighed approximately 45lbs and my pack weighed about 30. Fewf!
The hard part is over. Saying goodbye to silly personal items, saying goodbye to friends and family, saying goodbye to my home.
Now, let the big adventure begin! Yippeeeee!!!!