Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Packing a Paper Bag

Many people have asked me if I've started packing yet.

Up until this weekend, I didn't even have both of my suitcases.

[Side note: Last time I went to Spain, I borrowed a suitcase from Cathleen, and another from my friend Rachel.

Thanks Cathleen!
Thanks Rachel!

This time, I'm borrowing one from my grandma, and one from the family.

Thanks family!

Thanks Grandma!

End Side note]

Anyways, so a week or two ago I opened a paper bag in my room, which became my "Take To Spain" bag.  Whenever a thought flew into my head of something I shouldn't forget to pack, I'd just grab the item and drop it in the bag.

My "Take To Spain" Paper Bag
The contents of my paper bag to date:

  • My WIP Program Handbook from 2009-10 -- so much useful information inside
  • Frisbee
  • Mittens and winter hat
  • Yes, those are goldfish (gift for someone)
  • Checks
  • Socks
  • External hard drive
  • Two scarves (narrowed down all of my scarves to two this weekend)
  • Hair straightener
  • Toothpaste
  • Scissors
  • Passport photos
  • Sunscreen (it's super expensive in Spain)
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Fan
  • My old abono (metro/bus pass)
  • Passport
  • Air-born
  • Nintendo DS (to keep practicing the French)
  • Callejero de Madrid
  • Passport carrier around neck thing
  • Plug thing I bought last time I was in Spain that will let me plug in US plugs into Spain's outlets
I figure the rest is just clothes and a toothbrush.  I'll do some laundry this weekend, then decide which clothes will come with me.

So, have I started packing yet?  I've packed a paper bag.

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