Sunday, May 25

A Clean Home and a Packed Suitcase

I would like to take a minute to brag about something. We're leaving tomorrow, and we actually managed to thoroughly clean the apartment first! We dusted, vacuumed, laundered, and scrubbed. We cleaned the big plants, tidied up the porch as much as the aged tulips would let me, and separated out all the perishable food to give to a friend before we go. (I hope they like sweet potatoes.) Along with all the other little preparatory things that needed to happen. I even finally made a helichrysum under-eye ointment that I mentioned previously. I'm so gleeful about the prospect of traveling, with my suitcase packed with my favorite and most versatile clothes. And I'm also looking forward to coming home to this lovely, simple, clean apartment!

I've made a packing list for summer trips, based on the generic one from One Bag. It's a Word document in three columns, so that it all easily fits on one page.

    Clothes
    5-10 shirts

      - 3-4 tank tops
      - 2-6 long sleeves

    3-6 pants

      - 1-3 cool weather (jeans, nice)
      - 1-3 warm weather (capri, linen)
      - 1 rugged

    2 sweaters

      - 1 dark cardigan
      - 1 warm turtleneck sweater (if cold weather is expected, possibly also light jacket)

    7+ pairs socks
    7+ underwear
    1-2 pyjama tops
    1-2 pyjama pants
    1 swimsuit
    1 sarong
    scarves

      - 2-3 small
      - 1-3 large

    3-4 dresses

      - 1-2 very light
      - 1 beachy

    shoes in bags

      - 1 walking sandals
      - 1 covered walking shoes
      - 1 nice shoes


    Bathroom
    toothbrush (in a case)
    toothpaste
    dental floss
    facewash (honey)
    comb
    hairband
    moisturizer (hydrosol spray & oil drops)
    chapstick (shea butter in lip balm container)
    deodorant
    nail clipper
    nail file
    antiseptic ointment
    any medicines currently being taken
    soap/bodywash
    hairwash
    hair-rinse
    menstrual supplies
    painkiller
    pepto bismo
    hangnail clipper
    hairpins
    undereye oil
    any makeup
    ziploc bags for waterproofing?

    On Flight
    all important telephone numbers and other contact information and addresses
    cash
    tickets
    ID, passport, etc
    watch
    chapstick (shea butter in lip balm container)
    ipod & headphones & charger
    laptop? & power cord
    notebooks
    pen
    eye mask
    snacks
    book?
    any makeup

    Extras
    1 umbrella
    digital camera & charger
    vitamins & supplements
    empty duffel back for return trip
    straw hat
    travel kleenex
    gifts

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