Prep For The Trip Of A Lifetime Takes A Lifetime

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
Trip End Mar 19, 2011

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

About two months ago we packed for our trip. Unpacked. Packed again. Then made a detailed list of our final chosen items.

Today that list was printed, read, marked, amended, marked again, and in the end all was shoved into its proper place with no room to spare; our bag as plump as a sausage.

It all fit! Fabulous! But wait... What were we going to do when we actually bought something over our nine weeks traveling around New Zealand? Such things do tend to happen.

This question had come up before, and a light weight, compressible, empty duffel bag had been our answer. The problem was that Katie and I happen to be prone to a bit of purging every now and again, and somehow we'd purged ourselves right out of a duffel bag. Sure, those bags had been stained and weathered, but did that mean we should've thrown them into a dark, dank back lot of some grimy secondhand shop? Of course not! It was clear that karma was having its sweet revenge. This was further evidenced by the fact that the aforementioned secondhand shop had not a duffel bag to be found. We should know, as we checked several times, over several weeks, with only flimsy SWAG bags and cracked leather purses to show for it.

Should we buy a new one? Hogwash! We had what we needed and didn't respect that. How could we justify buying another duffel bag? At full price, no less!

Finally, in our darkest hour, Katie explored the deep recesses of our closet to find that which we'd believed to be lost. That buried treasure. That holy grail. That duffel bag.

The question now was: How were we going to fit it into our other bag?

Katie worked her magic and somehow, someway, that sausage grew another inch of girth. Voila! We were absolutely, positively, finally packed for our trip...six days before we leave.

That sounded about right for us. Katie was once a Girl Scout; myself, a Campfire Girl, and Lord knows preparedness is highly touted in those circles. We just hoped nothing else occurred to us as a necessity for the trip or we may need to rip that duffel bag right out of that sausage and actually use it. Excuse me while I Google the jaws of life…

UPDATE! Alice and Katie are now embarking on a Round the World trip!
Visit to follow along on their continuing

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Ellen on

Yaaay! So exciting! I can't wait to read about your travels. :)

runsfearless on

Meet you at the REI in Christchurch. I need some socks and a couple pair of qwik-dri undies. I may need some dentall floss, too. I'll pick some up at my Floss Farm in Montana. As Jimmy Cliff used to say, "Fahwad and fiaca, monocle den gosaca!"

Jim Esposito on

Have a great trip! Look forward to hearing about your adventures. If you like I can ship you several more very large duffle bags to fill and carry back. Wouldn't that be fun? You can never have too many DBs.

Barbara Esposito on

Wow! I can't wait to hear more! Have a very safe trip and keep the news coming.

Mommy on

I know what you can do when you find my special gift and have no place to put it....Mail to me...heheheh, Love you both, Mommy

Patty Cakes on

Have a fantasic time!!!!!!!! Can't wait to read about your adventures. Love you!! xoxoxo

sawah on

this is the best. i am excited.

Joe on

You know I like good organization - very impressed.

Mom/Mary Lou on

Your travel blog is awesome and you haven't even left on your trip yet! How cool is that? I eagerly await the next installment. xxoo

Sue on

Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!
Much love to you both!

Margaret and John on

Hi Katie and Alice!
Have a great trip!

Rachel & Morry on

We hope you have an amazing adventure! Our return flight landed about 2 hours ago, so we'll soon send emails about and pix of our NZ highlights.

Sue K. on

Sounds like journey of a life-time. Enjoy. Will have fun following you from snowy MA!

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