It’s currently hot, humid, and stormy here in Connecticut, so at least the weather in Costa Rica will feel a little bit like home to me. Unfortunately, this weather makes packing feel like a little bit more of a chore than it should…
I’m sitting cross-legged on my bedroom floor, staring at my suitcase. What to pack, what to pack… There are so many things I wish I could/ need to take, but so little room in my small carry-on (14″ x 22″ x 9″ max size as specified by United Airlines). Here’s a rough list of things I’m thinking I’ll need:
- Passport, student ID
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Sunscreen – SPF 30+, 50 recommended
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash
- Band aids + Neosporin
- Anti-itch cream
- Mosquito net?
- Bug repellent
- Socks – hiking and casual
- Swimsuit – a comfy, simple one
- Towels – Take more than you think you’ll need! My friend in CR told me it’s so humid that nothing really dries.
- Athletic shorts – lightweight and dry quickly
- Pants – jeans, comfy PJs, hiking wear
- Rain jacket/poncho
- Other jacket and/or sweater
- T-Shirts – cotton or quick-dry
- Nice shirt and blouse – for more formal occasions
- Hiking shoes
- Work gloves
- Plastic bags – for trash, dirty/wet clothes etc
- Journal, pen, Wandering Scholar booklet
- Phone + charger
- Laptop + charger – Not sure on this yet, maybe to blog
- Water bottle
- Spending money
The list is longer than I thought it’d be…! I’m hoping there will be enough room between my suitcase and backpack, but it’s a little too hot to check right now so for now, my suitcase remains empty.
Personality-wise, there is much to be taken, much to be left behind. This is a little bit harder than my actual packing list but just as important:
- An open mind
- Spanish skills + ability to communicate wisely
- Pride in my story and culture – as an Asian-American, as a Christian, as a Wandering Scholar
- Caution, but not fear
- Ability to listen
- Flexibility! I want to let go of my need to plan and always know what’s ahead.
Finally, I’m going to miss my family a lot. The familiarity of home, routine, Mom food. There’s nothing tangible I can take of my home, except what’s in my heart, but I wish I can take them all along – none of them have gone abroad for a long time (especially my parents!) and they deserve a fun vacation.
So many emotions~ Only one more full day before I’m headed off to Costa Rica!!! #casi