“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you're going is as good as where you've been.”
I spent today packing. Don't worry! I'm not leaving Alaska just yet, but I felt the need to downsize once again. Right now I have a duffel bag and a ruck sack holding all my earthly possessions, which doesn't sound like much but I've been wondering lately (especially after hauling the bags through airports all the way to Alaska), how much stuff do I really use?
Do I need six shirts when I only really wear three? How about pants? Two leggings, two shorts, two khakis and a pair of jeans. I think I could cut that in half and be fine. I'm even thinking of sending my laptop back to the folks in New Hampshire, since I have my kindle and do most web based activities on that right now, although the laptop makes job hunting much easier so I may opt to keep it for now.
After packing what I see as the bare necessities into my ruck sack I even have room left over for odds and ends like food or shampoo should it come to that. Without my laptop it weighs about 13lbs and is a little over ¾ full, though I'm planning a few extra lbs for last minute can't-live-without stuff.
I had to downsize a lot to fit into the Jetta and then even more when I went to New Orleans, but I'd like to get to the point where everything I need fits on my back. Maybe this summer will give me the push I need.