Everything is spread out in the guestroom. Using the rolling method, I begin to pack methodically. The clothes for working with the pandas--a waterproof windbreaker, hat, waterproof long pants, two long sleeve shirts (all to stay dry even though the weather will be close to 90 degrees and so will the humidity and to keep off the mosquitoes) go at the bottom since I won't need them until week 2. The hiking boots wind up in my duffle bag. The one nice skirt and top for evenings is next and then everything else. Shoes in the duffle. Medicines in one plastic bag; soaps. shampoo, etc. in another go in the duffle. I actually got everything stuffed into a small bag.
I look at it, decide this is crazy. I'll never be able to repack it once I get there and begin using things. I pat myself on the back for getting it all in one small bag and then get my larger bag where I'll be able to find things when I want them and put things back in once I'm there without having to repack every time I change a shirt. I move things from the small bag to the large one and marvel at all the space. Now I can put the hiking boots in the big one and won't have to lug them around.
I leave early tomorrow, Wednesday. The limo is picking me up at 7 am. My dog sitter will eventually arrive to take care of the dogs around 10 am. The plane takes off at 10:30 am and I will arrive in Shanghai about 4:30 pm on Thursday. I'm off.
I'll try to blog again on Friday.