Collecting, sorting, packing
Planning and packing is half the excitement in taking a trip. The possibilities are so vast and the potential experiences seem endless. I’m deep in this stage currently.
- What do I need? What can I leave? Is this the right gear? What would I really like that maybe I’m forgetting? The constant checking and double checking of gear and supplies is a daily chore, a light humming in the back of my mind. I’m glad I already love gear, cause I’m starting to accumulate a bit more. And luckily, I have tons of friends who have offered the use of some bits and pieces.
- Flights. Security. Bags. All fun stuff. Yes, a big part of my job is travel related, so I’m pretty used to navigating airports and packing efficiently. Still, that bit of anticipation comes through and gives me a mild case of the jitters. Passport doesn’t expire for five more years, so I should be good.
Taking care of home
- Oh! I have a dog! What should I do about little miss Friday? Luckily I have an awesome roommate in SJohnson and my family lives in town. Add to that a landlord who loves Friday and she ought to be well taken care of.
- Mail, bills, work, etc. Most of those things can be put off for an opportunity like this. Hello, “Out of office auto-reply”, you’re my new best friend. Automatic bill pay is a close second.
As my friend LJ says, “There’s so much to feel in the beginnings and endings.” I’m feeling it all now. More to come.