|Six suitcases started; plus a bag and a box of things that didn't|
make the cut. I've also got to get the hex bug track into the
Realistically, I can buy clothing in Laos. Kicking it t-shirts, comfy yoga pants- I can pick that up at the night market for less than 4$. Somewhat harder to find are good shoes, especially sneakers, nice dress shoes, crocs-- don't judge me, but I've got three pairs of colorful croc ballet shoes. They all made the cut.
But I'm not packing for vacation. This is for my life. My coffee pot won't fit in the suitcase. Do I need to bring kitchen items? Will I be able to find american measuring spoons or cups? My apartment won't have an oven... why on earth am I bringing baking supplies? What if I want to grate a lemon peel??
And body products. I'm brown. My hair is curly and frizzy. In my two short trips to Laos, I only saw one other natural hair woman, and she was on her way to Cambodia, backpacking. How much foundation and leave-in conditioner will fit in my suitcases, before I start to look paranoid? Can I find my shade of foundation? Be honest, ladies. I've seen Lao, Cambodian, and Thai women. Some are just as brown as me-- where do they shop???
So I become proactive. I scour Pintrest, searching "move abroad," "packing list for Asia," "essentials for southeast Asia." I comb through google searches, find expat groups, and contact people I know already living there. I get almost no response from the locals. But they know me, and probably know I'm being a little type-A right now. The responses I do get are "just come on, if you can't find it, we can go to Thailand for it." I find the same suggestions online: electronics converters (check), deodorant (check! check!), bras and underwear (um, check?), and something small to remind you of home.
|Declan is done packing. |
Just ready to get this show on the road.
It's just another country. It's not another planet. I take a deep breath. Gulp down another glass of pinot noir. Take the citrus grater out of the suitcase. It's going to be fine.
(c) amanda harris souvannamethy 2017