I hate packing

Trip Start Sep 19, 2006
Trip End Nov 2008

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Flag of United States  , Indiana
Monday, July 31, 2006

I feel that I need to update, even though not that much is going on. My visa/passport forms have all been submitted, despite the unhelpfulness of the clerk at the post office. (He was convinced that he should take everything and mail it USPS even though I had specific instructions from PC NOT to let him do this.) Now I'm focusing on moving out of my apartment (which involves getting rid of the little that I own) and packing for service.

I've never been a good packer, but this seems harder than anything else. I have to pack for 2 years without knowing what my living conditions will be like. I'm allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage and a carry-on. The total for my stuff cannot exceed 80lbs. I'm bringing a backpacking backpack and an army duffel for the 2 big pieces, and a smaller backpack for the carry-on.

I need to bring clothes (but not that many because I'm going to go African and wear what they wear - it's better suited to the climate), shoes, books, a sleeping bag, flashlights, tupperware, a shortwave radio, any name-brand toiletries I can't live without, duct tape, etc. There are a million things I've thought about and decided against, and a million more things I have yet to think of.

Ugh I don't want to think about this anymore.
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