It is now T minus 5 days until I leave for my 4.5 week adventures in several countries. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. I am not really nervous about the traveling part but more nervous about the new experiences I will have. I have never been to any of these countries and as with any new country or place of travel I always have a little nervousness about what I will experience, how I will get around, and much more. I think that is normal.
Right now I am in what I call packing hell. You would think with all the traveling I do that I might like to pack but you would be wrong. I actually hate packing. It is not that I am not good at it because I am actually an extremely good packer but what I don't like is thinking about all the things I need to pack, how I will get it all in, and worrying about forgetting things.
I really wish that I could just mentally picture things and have them magically appear in my suitcase, neatly, of course. However, this hasn't happened yet so I don't have any high hopes this will happen now.
My issue this time is I am packing for over a month to go to places I have never been before and where I know if I forget something it will be almost impossible to get (here I am think more in terms of medicine, toiletries, etc.). My mind is actually spinning trying to think of all the possible things I might need.
I also hate the time it takes to pack. Again, I wish it could just drop into my bag. It seems to take forever to gather everything together and then you still end up forgetting things.
Right now I am making my lists and checking them twice. I am also off to the store to buy a few more necessary items. I have never been to these locations and am afraid to admit I haven't done as much research on what to bring as I would typically due to the fact that my day job has consumed my life lately and I just had a two week trip right before this so I am only home for 5 days before heading off again.
I am most likely more prepared than I think since I have been buying things for about 2 months, including a new backpack and luggage. So in reality this is just me stressing out about the whole experience as well as wondering what I have gotten myself into. :)
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