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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
  • Hairbrush
  • Band aids + Neosporin
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Mosquito net?
  • Bug repellent
  • Socks – hiking and casual
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • Umbrella
  • Other jacket and/or sweater
  • T-Shirts – cotton or quick-dry
  • Nice shirt and blouse – for more formal occasions
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Work gloves
  • Plastic bags – for trash, dirty/wet clothes etc
  • Journal, pen, Wandering Scholar booklet
  • Bible
  • 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.

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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