I have never been this organized in my life.

I have never been this organized in my life.

I fly out of Atlanta tomorrow. 15 hours to Seoul, then another flight and a vague stretch of time I’ve mentally refused to quantify until I’m in Bangkok. I’m pretty calm, actually, which is surprising since I normally get pre-flight jitters when simply traveling from Pittsburgh to Chattanooga. (This is an irritating condition for someone who flies a LOT.)

I think the calmness has something to do with the obsessive amount of energy I put into organizing my luggage.


{haha, it looks like the suitcase has a hat. silly suitcase. you don’t get to wear hats}

No but really. I have never been this organized in my life. And when I want to be, I can be a pretty put-together lady. But this is a new level for me. You know that blog, Things Organized Neatly? It is 1) incredibly satisfying and 2) apparently what I was channeling while prepping for my year abroad. I was laying out my things on my bed to make sure I had everything — for the fifth time since I started packing — when it occurred to me that I should photo-document the crazy. For, you know, science.

So, for science and my obsessive documenting purposes, here is everything that I put in my checked bag (cat sadly not included):

  • 1 large packing cube of clothes
  • 1 medium packing cube of various objects (teaching supplies, some toiletries)
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 water bottle (of the foldable persuasion)
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of Sanuk sandals
  • 1 large bag of more toiletries aka sunscreen, bug spray, and all the murad I could hoard (even though they totally sell it in bangkok, whatever)
  • 1 medium bag o’ meds
  • 1 medium bag o’…toothpaste and some other stuff.
  • 1 journal
  • 1 Thai language book
  • 1 set of travel sheets because you never know
  • 1 packable duffel bag
  • 1 manicure kit
  • 4 clif bars

and my carry-on backpack:

  • 1 medium packing cube of clothes in case my checked bag is lost
  • 1 small packing cube of everything electronic and cord-needy
  • 1 neck pillow for the plane that the cat wanted to make her own
  • 3 (more) pairs of shoes because I believe in quality footwear and also because I wear a size 8.5 and I’ve been warned that those are monster feet in Asia and I will not be able to find shoes.
  • 2 belts
  • 1 shoe oil sponge
  • 1 tiny bag of jewelry. (Only two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a watch. Who said I couldn’t be a minimalist?!)

aaaand my purse:

  • 1 bag of trail mix (obviously)
  • 2 small bags of make-up and other sundries
  • 1 pair of compression socks
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 hat that I’m still not convinced is coming with me, but it’s pretty and I like it
  • 1 camera
  • 1 box of ZzzQuil because FIFTEEN HOUR FLIGHT PEOPLE
  • 1 bag of airplane appropriate liquids and gels
  • 1 year’s supply of contact lens
  • 1 computer
  • 1 journal
  • 2 pens
  • 1 mini box of altoids because ew plane breath
  • 1 set of colored flags for reading and stuff because this is who I am
  • 2 packs of tissues
  • 1 wallet
  • 2 pairs of glasses questionably shoved into 1 glasses case
  • 1 copy of Name of the Wind, which I can’t imagine being without for a whole year
  • 1 copy of Lighthousekeeping, which I can’t imagine being without for a whole year
  • 1 loaded up kindle
  • 4 (more) clif bars
  • 1 passport
  • 1 iphone aka Audiobook Listening Device
  • 1 ipad, aka Tangled Watching and Candy Crush Playing Device

My mother just looked at all of this and said, “I have no idea where you came from.”

Yeah well….it’s, um, a study. A study in…packing. And obsessive organization. And…excuse me I need to go triple check that I packed everything.

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