Looking back on the past 24 hours I was substantially less intimidated by packing for this trip than I should have been. Trying to figure out how to fit everything for almost 40 days on the road turned out to be a significantly larger undertaking than I anticipated. I started out with cute little piles of things that I "absolutely needed" which, while they worked very well for my Instagram post couldn't be further from the end result. Which is, not to brag or anything, a masterpiece of e̶x̶c̶e̶s̶s̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶  conservative packing.  I couldn't have made it to where I am today though without the help of several incredible individuals. 

That being said I would like to thank...

  1. The inventor of Ziploc bags, for enabling the Mcgyvering of vaccum sealed packing
  2. My Dog, Rocky for his endless patience and participation in one sided conversations 
  3. Things that are not cotton. They will dry. I realized halfway through this was an important feature
  4. Athleisure. No idea who is responsible for this but its great that I can now wear sneakers in semi formal situations 
  5. My parents for just walking away when I get too wrapped up in "wait but the grey shirt or the black shirt?!" dilemmas. You know, life threatening situations and such. 

Anyway the best thing about all of this? I still have to figure out where to pack all my bike gear. That's right folks you get another episode of "Packing tips from Rocky (my dog)" tomorrow! In all seriousness though tomorrow I get to introduce Stevie, who lets face it is the real star of this trip. 

Talk to you soon!