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What to Pack?: #2

How come my back still hurts?

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Feb.15, 2011
I thought we had the packing down when we left Hawaii, 'course I thought that before we arrived in Hawaii, when we arrived with backpacks and cardboard boxes. After viewing our contents, we cut down on the extraneous items: extra clothes and miscellaneous items. We left for the mainland feeling pretty good about ourselves;by the time we arrived in Orange City, those bags with wheels were looking pretty attractive. What is going on here?
That was when reality hit us in the face and back: we still had too many items we could not live without. Serious cutbacks were coming.
I decided two pair of shoes was one pair too many; a long-sleeve top would stay; thick socks were not needed. I was beginning to feel a bit naked looking at the wardrobe.
Looking at the other items: the mac external speakers would go (we had earlier switched out our macbook for an airmac), a lighter and smaller camera was purchased, extra books were removed: one book each; first aid was trimmed; lotions etc were cut.
At this point, my pack was weighing in around 21-23 pounds (5-6 pounds too much), demonstrating the problem was not with clothes, but with the electrical items.
The Airbook is light, but the power-chords and electrical adapter weigh more. With two iPhones and camera: chords, adapters plugs are needed. I think the external drive will have to be sent back.
Shipping is going to be expensive :-(

When we traveled before, it was out and back. SF to Hawaii, or SF to Paris, or SF to NYC. Pretty simple stuff, plan for a week or two of clothes, etc. Packing and planning for RTW is another story and another blog.

Posted by bradanddeb 02:01 Archived in Italy Tagged packing planning

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