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Packing: A comprehensive logodocumentation

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “The measure of a man is his material possessions.”  Instead of wasting time studying grammar, expanding my vocabulary, or reading about Costa Rican culture, I spent much of my pre-departure weeks writing packing lists, buying things missing from those lists, and, finally, packing.

This is what I came up with:

  • Footwear:
    • Sneakers
    • Hiking boots
    • Tevas
    • Socks:
      • Black ankle socks (9 pair)
      • Hiking socks (2 pair)
      • Dress socks (1 pair)
  • Legwear:
    • Pants:
      • Jeans (2)
      • Casual khakis
      • Lightweight synthetic khakis (outdoor or formal)
      • Lightweight synthetic cargo zip-off
      • Canvas pants
    • Shorts:
      • Dark green cargo
      • Khaki non cargo
    • Athletic shorts (running, swimming, pajamas) (2)
    • Rain pants
  • Hipwear:
    • Boxer briefs (9)
    • Belts:
      • Leather belt
      • Synthetic belt
  • Torsowear:
    • White short-sleeved dress shirt
    • Short-sleeved casual button-down shirts (4)
    • Cotton T-shirts without words written on them (4)
    • Synth athletic shirts:
      • Short-sleeved
      • Long-sleeved
    • Long-sleeved outdoor work shirt
    • Fleece
    • Sweater
    • Raincoat
  • Headwear:
    • Hair ties (2)
    • Goggles (1)
    • Bandanas (2)
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Wash cloth
    • Nail clippers
    • Small roll of toilet paper in a ziploc bag
  • Medical:
    • Prescriptions for everything
    • Epilepsy:
      • Divalproex
      • Atavan
      • Medical ID bracelet
    • Asthma:
      • Flovent
      • Albeuterol
    • Eyes:
      • Glasses and case
      • Backup glasses and case
      • Contacts
        • Lenses
        • Cases (3)
        • Storage solution
          • Regular
          • Eye drops
      • Prescriptions
    • Retainers
    • Other:
      • Little swiss army knife
      • Wound dressing
      • Gauze
      • Daytime cold medicine
      • Nighttime cold medicine
      • Cough medicine
      • Sleeping medicine
      • Ibuprofen
      • Anti-diarrheal
      • Cortizone
      • Moleskin
      • Medical tape
      • Mouthwash
      • Water-based lubricant
      • Condoms
  • Electrical
    • Watch
    • Headlamp with batteries
    • iPhone
      • Case
      • Charger
    • Earbuds (2)
      • Carrying pouch
    • Laptop
      • Charger
    • USB flash drives (2)
    • Camera
      • Extra memory cards (2)
      • Carrying case
  • Books:
    • Langenscheidt Universal Dictionary Spanish (2011)
    • Manual de gramática (Iguina and Dozier, 2013)
    • Rough Guide to Costa Rica (Drew and McNeil, 2011)
    • Birds of Costa Rica (Garrigues and Dean, 2007)
    • Mammals of Costa Rica (Waindwright, 2007)
    • Naturalist (Wilson, 1994)
  • Beaded headband for keychain
  • Money belt
  • Hand scale for weighing baggage
  • Documents:
    • Passport
    • Passport card
    • Copies of passport (2)
    • e-ticket confirmations
    • Hard copy of contact info: physician, college advisors, IFSA program advisor, IFSA resident director
    • Details of your insurance coverage
      • Call United Healthcare to ask.  Or just go online.
  • Wallet
    • ATM card
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Driver’s license
    • Insurance cards
  • Journal
  • Pens (7)
  • Binoculars
  • Geologist’s loupe
  • Towel
  • Plug adapter
  • Pocket knife
  • Cheap Leatherman-like multitool
  • Groundcloth
  • Pocket journal
  • Specimen tags
  • “Princess Mononoke” and “Last of the Mohicans” DVDs (to be used only in cases of extreme homesickness)
  • Present for family: Goofily colored handbag with cheesy decorative dishcloth painted with historic images of Concord

The above fit into three bags: my school backpack (carried on as a “personal item”), my 30L Gregory “weekend pack” (carried on as my “carry-on bag”), and my 80L Gregory trekking pack (checked).  It weighed in at a total of 65 pounds, of which I was insanely proud, as I often have trouble making the 50 pound limit for each checked bag.

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