My life in a Suitcase…
May 17, 2011
I think it would be interesting see what people take with them on long trips. I have been preparing for the trip this past week gathering all of my necessities, and non necessities. But today I put it all together…The result, my room looks like a bomb has gone off.
You can learn a lot from packing for a big trip. I put a good amount of thought into preparing for this one, and as I had all of my “to be packed” items laid out I realized everything I absolutely need and want is going with me.
To make the actual packing part easier (because no one likes packing) I made a list. I first listed things that needed to go with me.
Obviously health, safety, and getting into the country are the most important things. How will enjoy my trip if I am sick, or worse unable to go! So I took the plan for the worst, hope for the best approach.
My needs are:
Passport, money, License, antibiotics, cellphone(Taking a very small flip phone, I will only be using this in an emergency), toiletries, shoes, clothes, Emergency contact numbers.
Then I had to list other items. All though they are not major necessities, to make the most out of this experience, I would want them with me. Lets call this group, comforts. I don’t really need them but they will be a trip enhancer.
Running Shoes, Camera, Computer, Books, travel snacks, Ipod, and a backpack.
If you ever travel to Asia or anywhere internationally for that matter, here are a few things I suggest taking.
Books! For this trip my two text books, and others for the plane ride.
A voltage converter, $18 for a good one with High/Low settings. There plugs do NOT look like ours.
Running shoes! Ok NOT a necessity by any means, but I will be exploring a lot of the city with a long run. And since I can’t take a bike…
Tylenol, Advil, Benedryl (for headaches/allergies).
And if you will be traveling somewhere with unsafe drinking water, a general antibiotic is good to have on hand.
Even if I don’t need it, I do NOT want part of my trip ruined by something I could have prevented.
And of course your Passport!
Now that I have everything ready to go seeing the things that I need, and distinguishing them from wants, it’s amazing that I can fit everything into two pieces of checked luggage. I don’t really need to take everything I am taking but seeing everything laid out makes me pretty fortunate for what I do have.
In a way I suppose I packed for this trip, but I also think it was more than that. It put things into perspective for me, and it also made me appreciate everything I have, and of course the opportunity that awaits me!
Beijing here I come!