So I’ve slowly been buying all of the stuff that I’m going to need to take with me that I don’t have already. This is probably my favorite part of packing for any trip….it brings out my inner shopaholic! Here are the items that I’ve bought so far…
My new travel pack: I went to REI in Lincoln Park one day just to take a look around and get a feel for what type of pack I was going to need for the various things that I planned on doing with it. The amazing sales person spent about 2 hours with me trying on various packs. I am apparently an extremely hard fit because the women’s packs don’t sit right on my hips and ride up…go figure…I ended up getting a men’s pack which I knew was the one as soon as i put it on! It felt amazing and it’s incredible how these packs are designed to hold around 50lbs yet not let the wearer feel any weight on his/her shoulders!
This next one was more of my mom’s idea than mine. I have a great winter jacket that I love. It is convertible and can be used as just a rain jacket, a light fleece jacket, or a warmer winter jacket with a hood. This apparently was not good enough for her because it did not go passed my butt and she wanted me to get something longer and “warmer”. I made her happy and got this bad boy. I’m not going to lie though, I am excited to wear it. When it came in the mail i just sat around in it and due to our wonderful Midwest Monster Snowmaggedon Storm of 2011 that occurred about 2 weeks ago, I have tested it out and it is EXTREMELY warm.
Yes…a second backpack. The above travel pack if obviously much bigger and mainly used for longer trips that I plan on using as one of my 2 pieces of checked luggage. I also wanted a smaller backpack that I can take along with me to school, a weekend trip, or whatever. I probably spent the most time searching for this pack. I wanted something that had a padded area for a laptop, bungee cables on the outside, and was around 40liters. I finally found this one from Northface and got to test it out this weekend. I drove down to Cincinnati to visit my old college roommate Sydney for the weekend and this pack had more room than I needed. Since I’m a recovering overpacker, I did my best to try to limit the amount of stuff I took but still ended up taking too much clothing solely because I had room in the pack and wanted to have a selection. I ended up fitting 2 pairs of jeans, 4 shirts, 5 pairs of undies, my makeup bag, a sweatshirt, 1 sweater, a belt, and 3 pairs of socks and ended up leaving the outer pocket empty. Yeah, I used about half of what i brought
This one is probably the coolest. I ended up finding this multi tool at Office Max in the clearance department for around 4 bucks. I figure since it was so cheap, if it ends up breaking down on me, I won’t be too worried. I have so far used the flashlight, knife, saw, and screw driver (with changeable tips). It works really well and I mainly like the fact that the multi tool and flashlight are as one so it’ll save me some space during my packing.
The only things that are left to buy are school supplies like glue sticks and note cards, power adapters/surge protectors, and the hygiene stuff and I should be good to go!
Only 70 days left till departure!