27.06.2010 23 °C
This has been one heck of a busy weekend!!! First order of business was for Paul and I to finish marking our exams and then entering final marks and comments. With the help of copious amounts of M&Ms to keep us awake (thanks Jackie!) this job was successfully completed. Then of course we shifted gears and dived into the final preparation for our departure...haircuts, cleaning the house, and of course packing!
Although the flight tickets that we bought are with Air New Zealand, our carrier to Los Angeles is Air Canada (apparently there is some sort of ‘alliance’ between these companies that enable this). Thank goodness we checked baggage allowances for both companies for we discovered that we have to follow the Air Canada baggage allowance which is significantly less per person....one suitcase with a max. weight of 50lb. compared to two suitcases with a max. weight of 75lbs!!! SO, picture yourself, you are going away for 7 months, will encounter a variety of climates. What would you pack in one suitcase?? To make this just a little bit harder the tent that you are bringing is 54lbs. SO really, four people have to pack in three suitcases!!!
As you can probably imagine at the top of Ayden and Claire’s list was pillows, favourite blankets etc. You can also probably guess our response to these suggestions!! Thanks to the McCallum’s (seasoned world travellers) shared packing list, we have narrowed our necessities down significantly. It is rather amazing to realize just how little you really need in the way of clothing! Don’t worry, we are not going as far as turning underwear inside out and wearing them a second day!!
Needless to say we managed to get everything...tent and all into four suitcases!!!