A few quick thoughts on packing, packing lite, what to pack, what not to pack, and what I just can't live without.
I've learned to live with a little. And if I have a lot, most of it will end up being left behind anyway. Now, sometimes this is a good thing -
~Old clothes that I left behind because they didn't fit, only to find years later that they fit again.
~Music, in various forms, long forgotten that lead to 'lost' days sitting around listening and remembering.
~Old bags left when a new one was purchased, and then loved and used again a decade later.
~An old camera found with old images stored that evoked sad emotion, but now useful for it's size and capability.
As I may have mentioned, I'm travelling via Greyhound Bus from my current hometown in Wichita, KS up to Yellowstone National Park for work this summer. I've decided that I will be taking a large military style duffel, a backpack, and my ukulele. I had similar baggage for my bus trip last summer from CT to KS, so this should work out fine. I have lists, and have packed, re-packed, and re-packed again. I keep trying to imagine what the 12 hour layover from midnight to noon toward the end of my trip will be like if I have a heavy load, and which is more important: bringing stuff, or walking with that stuff comfortably throughout the evening/morning.
There are some things I know I can get there if I need - camping gear mostly - but the frivolous things I can do without aren't that heavy! I know I need MY running shoes, and my good hiking shoes, and my Tevas. My running shoes can double as work shoes, unless I'll be handling a lot of food, in which case, I'll need different work shoes. Which I can get elsewhere... I hope! That's mostly what is taking up the space. Dang shoes!
And then there are things I want to take that I don't need, but also don't take up space. I'll be taking a small digital camera with me for hiking pictures and two pins: one Acadiana flag and one Wichita flag.
I hope to have the chance to place these in photographs for the purpose of size/perspective shots and for representation. I wanted to bring along something that represented Lafayette/Acadiana as well as Wichita, since I've spent most of my adult life there. It's like I have dual city citizenship!
Thankfully, a dear friend volunteered to mail me the Louisiana pin, and sent me an actual flag as well! Luckily, it packs well. It'll be flying proudly over my dorm room in YNP this summer.
I leave in 8 days.
Can you guess how nervous/excited I am getting every single day?!?!