Friday, April 18, 2008
Just the word "packing" causes me to feel a wee bit stressed. You see there are six of us and last year, when faced with packing for 5 months, it was challenging enough and that was knowing we were going to spend the first 3 months in close proximity to a mall and the All-American Wal-Mart. Part of the challenge was we had no idea where we would be going on outreach. Now we know where we will be living. Still six of us. Not 5 months, 2 years. Thomas tends to be a minimalist packer and I tend to be a "just in case" packer. In the end it is the airlines that set the limit. We are each able to check two bags up to 70 pounds each. For those of you trying to quickly do the math, that's 840 pounds. Sounds like a lot. After all, I could check a few girls. Then there's all the books and school stuff, they're heavy. The next requirement is the size limitations. Our checked baggage has to be 62 inches or less, when you add the different dimensions. Great real life school so I had Adriana figure out the total volume we could check. Didn't you hear her say "Yes, ma'am, I would be happy to do another math problem." No, I didn't either. Anyhoo, that's 82,212 cubic inches. Then Thomas continued the late night math lesson and had her figure how many cubic feet that would be. The answer is 47.576388cubic feet. That's just under 8 cubic feet per person. Obviously we will be stopping way before the kitchen sink! There's always those amazing vacuum pack bags. Quite entertaining to see the huge bag shrink something big and bulky like a sleeping bag into something flat like a pancake. We do each get to take a carry-on along with a purse, briefcase, or small backpack. So if you see me with one of those HUGE purses and we look like we've gained weight, don't be surprised. One of the girls had the great idea that we could each wear several layers of clothes on the flight. It's great to problem solve with our children, we told her to keep thinking. So we are looking for the best luggage at the best price of course. Any recommendations? Also, love to hear from you, if you were us, packing for 2 years of life in the Philippines, what would you make sure to pack?