This week I’ve been preparing for a trip to Cambodia and Taiwan! I’m so excited to travel to Asia for the first time!
I’ve always loved traveling, but I used to dread packing. When I first moved out of my parent’s house at 17, I had a habit of pulling all nighters to pack before hopping on a plane. It stressed everyone else out, but I didn’t mind. I can say it was the way to go if you want to sleep the entire plane ride.
I think part of the procrastination is that a trip doesn’t feel real until I’m en-route, and I desire to be present until I depart. I’ve gotten better at packing since then, and it leads to a lot less stress and less unnecessary baggage. But, somehow, although I pack less, no one would say that the 65L backpack I have with me is particularly light (Mormor recommended against me taking it as a carry on and lugging it around during layovers).
I’m the kind of person that loves lists. And, I find that a good checklist has helped me pack better. My favorite list so far is a quite comprehensive packing list by Knock Knock.
Here is how I went about packing this week:
- Own very little clothing so you have almost nothing to choose from (I left my summer wardrobe in Arizona)
- Print out or write a detailed packing list
- Pack a couple days before departure
- Make a list of the things you still need to purchase
- Go on a treasure hunt in grandma’s basement to see what kinds of fun things you find to pack creatively with (I discovered a travel wallet, a stash of new travel sized Redken shampoo bottles, a leather travel tag, canvas shoe and cosmetic bags to use as stuff sacks when organizing my backpack, and a purse/briefcase that I set my eye on for later shhhhh)
- If you've traveled before, think about what you found most useful and what you didn’t use last time
- Think light, remove things you think you could travel without. [I even took out some things in the car as we drove to the airport. Unless you want to show up slightly nauseous, I recommend against repacking while in a moving vehicle ;)]
I’m in London now listening to the buzz of different languages and watching people, confused by the British system, stand on both sides of the escalators.
Next stop, layover in Hong Kong, and then arrival in Cambodia to visit one of my best friends. Hopefully I'm not dead tired when I arrive!
I’m excited to learn about a new place, to visit amazing people, and to see how blogging while traveling goes (it’s my first big trip since I started the blog). I’m not going to promise posts the next two weeks; I want to be present where I am. But, I do promise that sooner or later I’ll post pictures and stories from my travels.