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The thought makes me feel ecstatic and nauseous.
That means I'm constantly thinking of jumping for joy and puking. At the same time.
Not a good mental picture I know.
As you may already know, Chichi and I have done the unimaginable: we quit our jobs to go on a big trip! I'm going one month ahead to meet Hutch in India. Then Chichi and I will meet and start our South East Asian jaunt in Singapore come March. With 1 more week to go, I still haven't packed or moved out of my old place.
I'm not usually obsessive compulsive. But I blame it on last minute jitters and haphazard planning. So I've decided to share with you my pre-travel checklist in case you want to add to it or remind me of things I may have overlooked.
If you're planning a long term trip of a similar nature, feel free to use this as a guide or a checklist. But please note that I am a novice at long-term backpacking and will be doing this for the first time. So help me God.
Eight Weeks (or even earlier)
-Create budget and list of expenses.
-Inform parents and loved ones.
-Get backpacks. We should have done this sooner. But we had been waiting for a company to sponsor so we held out longer. The wait paid off after R.O.X (Recreational Outdoor Exchange). agreed to sponsor our North Face Terra backpacks. Yay!
-Create a packing list. I'm posting a comprehensive list of the stuff I'll be bringing on the trip so stay tuned for that.
-Medical check up and teeth cleaning.
-Scavenge or borrow woolies, fleece jackets and other winter stuff after realizing it will be cold in India in February (Who knew?)
-Move stuff from condo to sister's house for safekeeping.
-Haircut, hair treatment and pedicure.
-Shop for toiletries and medical kit.
-Check and upgrade photography gear. Have them cleaned and purchase
some new lenses. I also need to get additional memory for the camera.
With one week to go and a few more errands to run, I'm keeping myself calm and organized. In just one week, I will be sitting on a plane, reading Inheritance of Loss en route to New Delhi.
This is going to be awesome!
Now excuse me while I run to the bathroom.
Sole Sister Lois
*This post was inspired by Ayngelina's 'The 8 Weeks and Counting'..