Sophiahas been “helpful” throughout the process. I will miss her!
Packing for a long-term trip is always a major effort. And with hiatus in travel this past year most of my travel gear has been spread about and in need of refreshing and replenishing.
I use packing cubes most of the time to keep my gear organized in my bag, and I like to put items in functional groups. This means when I want to change my nail polish or need to wash out a few clothes, all the gear to do that task is in the same bag. I am going to be on-the-move often during this trip, so fully unpacking my gear will not always be possible. Creating a system that allows me to grab the right bag for the task will help keep me sane and my bag organized. Here is the list of kits that I put together over the weekend.
|First aid Kit||Band aids, over-the-counter meds, etc.|
|Sewing Kit||A few essentials to repair anything along the way.|
|Laundry Kit||To wash out any items by hand when laundry facilities are not available.|
|Toiletries Kit||Basics for showers, washing-up, toothbrush, etc.|
|Makeup Kit||A scaled down kit, of the necessities.|
|Art Kit||A few items for sketching and watercolor painting|
|Mobile office Kit||The accessories for my laptop, headphones, hot spot, etc.|
|Writing Kit||A few pens, post-its, glue stick, tape, etc.|
|Health Kit||My vitamins and other items that I use.|
|Exercise Kit||A few items to allow me to do yoga, walk and run if I want on the road.|
|Manicure Kit||The items needed to fix broken nails and change nail polish.|
|Hair color Kit||A sample size of color to refresh my color and a small towel so I don’t have to use anyone else’s towel.|
|Food prep Kit||A set of utensils, spices, cup, etc.|
|Sanitize Kit||Disinfectant wipes, gloves, extra masks, etc.|
|Accessories Kit||Personal items to accessorize my outfits, just a few items to dress up my causal wear.|
|Nesting Kit||I like to have some things that make things feel cozy in unfamiliar locations|
|Extras Kit||This little bag keeps all the extras that don’t really fit in another kit.|
I’ve created a page here where I will detail all of the items in each kit, if you want to hear more about them.
As I am down 2+ days or more specifically, 50-hours until the trip, I’m putting the final touches on a few items on my list. Clothes are the next task!
I am reviewing and updating my schedule for the week, now that I know where in the world I will be for the next several days. This Thursday and Friday will be my first official workdays “on-the-road” and in addition to getting in a full day’s work each day, I also plan to connect in person with 3 colleagues that I work with on a weekly basis – one of whom I’ve never met in person! Yay! And do some administrative things; like transfer a car title with my son.