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The final countdown

Ticking, testing and weighing...

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We've been in a countdown situation for a good 10 months now, ever since we knew we'd have our house-sitters. First it was "next year" that we'd be taking off, then "this year's the year!", then "just three months to go!", and on and on until Gerard, at least, is at the point where he can say "this week"! And although I'll still be here until mid-July, I'm getting as close to ready as I can be too. Everything on the 'equipment' checklist is in the backpack, and now I'm down to seriously weighing exactly what I am - and am not - going to take on clothes. And that's a lot harder than you might think, because it really does need to be as little as possible. On my very first backpacking trip ever when I was 22, I took FIVE pairs of shoes! At a certain point I got so frustrated with how much stuff I had with me that I threw two of them into the Strait of Gibralter when we were on the ferry to Tangiers. Ah well, I'm a bit more experienced now, and think that - underwear, swimwear and nightwear aside - I'll be able to keep it down to around 15 items.

I'm also in the middle of testing certain things out to make sure they'll work. We're not going to have a laptop with us, and we need to have a system to back up our photos, and also be able to email them - or post them in this blog - if we want. I think I have it sorted, but let's check it out to be sure...

Packing pile

Packing pile

By George, I think I've got it! One more thing that can be ticked off the list!

And the countdown continues - just 5.5 days of work to go, 10 days until Susan and Dave get here, and 20 days until I step on the plane!

Posted by Karenlee 15:46 Archived in Netherlands Tagged packing

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