The first lesson (of many many lessons) that long-term travel teaches you is that being organized is of supreme importance. We rented a Ford Escape for our time in the United States, and assumed that it’d be more than enough space for two people who travel fairly light. But we’re starting to look like those people who live out of their cars, with heaps of baggage piled up inside! It’s one thing to be spontaneous and bohemian and skip showers (yes, we do that sometimes! Don’t look at us like that – it’s freezing cold here!) but it’s gotten to the point that every time we open a door, we have plastic bags and shoes and apples falling out.
This is what we looked like on the first day, but we gave ourselves some leeway as we were novices.
Our first attempt at organizing our supplies made us hopeful of being those cool cat travellers who’d reach in and pull out just the equipment they needed. It all fits in the plastic bins we bought, and we’re stocked for three or four days.
After that, it’s been downhill all the way.
When we cook, we scurry to and from the car about ten times to get a knife or a bottle of spice, and while it’s all good exercise and what-not, it’s not so much fun in the cold. I found this picture online (thanks, org.junkie.com) and it’s inspired me.
While this is a little too disciplined for us, it’s a goal. And it’s my personal project right now: how to pack like a pro. More updates on that in the next two months. Unless we fail miserably and are too embarrassed to put pictures up!