I’m 1 week away from take off! Even though I’ve been preparing for this adventure for months, I still feel like it completely snuck up on me!
Yesterday was a big day. I checked the last few items off of my packing list, stuffed it all into my carry on size backpack and took it for a test stride around the block with my mom and J. For the most part, the pack feels great! It is borderline chock full though, which means I may have to get thrifty and subtract a few more items.
It was a challenge to pack for a cold-weather trip in such a small pack, but not impossible! I even packed clothes for everything from yoga and hiking, to housework and happy hour, and a dozen other unknown volunteer-based projects.
Here’s a photo of everything I’m taking (including the Tortuga travel backpack itself).
I am excited to live with less and I think it will be enough. In the end, I know that most of my meaningful experiences abroad won’t come from anything in my backpack anyway, so I guess it’s not worth fussing much over.