Well, it’s that time again. Packing. Ugg, I’m not thrilled about this! You can tell because I’m writing about it before doing it… a sure procrastination technique! The goal, though, is to do it today, which for me is pretty good. It’s 5 days before I travel. If I can get it done today I’ll be in good shape.

One of the benefits of an international life is that you learn that there are some things best purchased in certain locations. For example, it is best to buy tea, chocolate, cheese, and vegetables in England. For me, it is better to buy clothes, cake mix, electronics, and almost everything else in the States. Things are cheaper and I know how to work the sales better. This is not the kind of packing I mentioned in my Packing Light blog. This is the “get as much as you can to where it’s useful” kind of packing. Totally different.

I’m going to be in the UK for about 4 months before returning for Jenni’s wedding. Since Kagi and I are planning to be in the UK for at least another year and a half, I am working to get as much of what I already have over there. This summer we will take many of ourwedding gifts and household items which are now waiting in Maryland.

Now, I need to take things like sheets I bought with wedding money which we really need in England. At the moment, we’re using a makeshift set of a fitted sheet from Ikea and and twin top sheet for our almost queen sized bed (it’s an Ikea bed which is between sizes). I found two wonderful sets which I’m very excited about (wow, what does it mean when sheets excite you?). Kagi and I also received a sweet denim blanket from my mom for Christmas. I love it, but denim is heavy. I’m not sure how to fit it.

So, I’m going to get to work. I’ll update you with progress throughout the day.


Laundry done, everything I want to take out of the closet and drawers. This is not a pretty sight but it’s a necessary first step.


After lunch I carefully folded and organized everything in their categories. When I pack I like to see everything before putting it into bags


After dinner I got back to work and finished packing it all up. The pile on the left is the pile of things I realized weren’t going to fit. I’m disappointed about my amazing denim quilt, but I’m hoping someone can bring it with them on a visit to England before too long:-). As you can see, the suitcase is pretty ridiculously full. It is 49 pounds, 1 under the limit. The carry-on is pretty light and has a little room in it, just in case there are any problems with the weight of my checked bag at the airport.


I admit that I really fought to get the big suitcase closed but here we have it! With room to spare in my carry-ons.

So here we go, I’m packed earlier than ever before. That’s cool… but I have been realizing I have a big problem.

I don’t know how to get ready for bed, because my toiletries are in that suitcase! Worse, I’m supposed to be somewhere in the morning, and my clothes, makeup, and etc are all packed! I really don’t want to open that big bag. Seriously, it took me like 15 minutes of sitting on it, turning it upside down, and pulling with all of my strength to get it closed. There is a little fear that I won’t be able to get it all back in there.

I am going to see what I can find around the house. Maybe I don’t need to open it.

Nope, scratch that… my toothbrush is in there.

This is why this is probably why I never pack early, and why this is unlikely to ever become an advice blog. Haha!