Blah…Trip Planning Can Feel Like A Second Job

I’m not gonna lie…Steve and I are leaving for Asia in just over 2 months and I am starting to feel overwhelmed. There is so much to do before we leave…itinerary and budget planning,  getting vaccinations (because I still don’t have all of mine), selling off the wedding stuff, selling the car and figuring out exactly what to pack and what to pick up on the road.

backpack as chair

My backpack’s first trip out of the country. My backpack made an excellent chair while I waited for the van between Tulum and Sian Kaan Biosphere.

We’re realizing that we are both in need of new packs…mine is only 5 years old and it’s starting to fall apart; it’s ripping at the seams and missing straps. What on earth do you pack for 6 months abroad when you’ll be doing everything from trekking to Everest Base Camp, summiting Mount Kinabalu, exploring cities and ruins throughout SE Asia, scuba diving in Sipidan, Malaysia and island hopping across Indonesia. With a 6 month trip every ounce counts, so I don’t want to pack any extras.

Daypack for two week vacation

I packed everything I needed for a two week vacation to Roatan in a daypack (the maroon and grey one on the right…Steve’s stuff is the pile on the left)…now I need to do something equally amazing for our upcoming trip; I need to keep my pack light and keep my husband, the chronic over-packer, from packing his whole life into his pack.

Plus we’ve gotta close up shop here…put everything in storage and get the dogs ready for 6 months with “Grandma.” Pre-order all of their food and set up a boarding plan so my mom can get some time away from the monkeys.

So here is my plan for achieving sanity and getting shit done.

1. Write it down.

2. Delegate.

3. Start now and stay focused.

I might need a friendly reminder or two.




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