Well, it went incredibly well. I packed my regular duffel bag first. I fit very comfortably, with 2 entire sections (including the bottom part) to spare. This bag contained basically all the toiletries for the next two years. 25lbs.
Then I decided, while I am at it, let’s do a practice run of my clothes too.
3 shoes, 3 jeans, 3 pants, 6 skirts, 1 exercise shorts, 72 undies, a couple of socks, 6 tank tops, a sweatshirt, 13 t-shirts, 5 blouses, and just a little bit of space left. 30lbs.
All of that fit into my Gregory pack.
I am didn’t try packing makeup – won’t take up too much space, more shoes, or bras. I am also missing just a few things that I still need to buy – but batteries and electronic stuff I need won’t take up much space either.
I was really impressed with how much I got into my Gregory pack. It was 30lbs and felt fairly light. I think seeing everything in there though – it is too much stuff. I am going to cut out a pair of pants, a pair of jeans, and probably some t-shirts. The skirts seemed to take up the most space. I need to find a way to pack them more efficiently. That calls for some internet research. Plus, some of my clothes will go into my carry-on backpack.
I like being able to subtract stuff. I have enough space to add more items, but knowing that I can fit so much is quite a lot of peace of mind.
I wonder what people do for purses. My skirts don’t have pockets and I plan on using a couple of reusable bags for the market. I don’t want to haul my backpack around though. I wonder what I should use that is safe for carrying around cash and my passport.
43 days until staging. Wow, feels like an eternity now.
Plus, I have gained 4lbs so far. I am pretty afraid of losing a lot of weight when I get there, since either a) food doesn’t sit well with me or b) I can be picky sometimes.
Also, went to the doctor today for a general checkup. Spent 30 minutes talking to him. I got a list of scripts signed just in case. I also got a new Rx for the birth control that Peace Corps has on its formulary. I was able to get 6 months of my current Rx, but it isn’t on the formulary, so this way I know which one to go with after that. I also talked to my doctor about warning signs and looking for melanoma, his recommendations for diarrhea, and his recommendation for which malaria pill to take. I have such a great doctor, he was so excited for me. It was wonderful. I loved getting to talk to him for such a long time.