Day Five of the January Challenge and still running, although today it was on a treadmill. Because of the cold temperatures and sense of urgency to work out before today’s NFL playoff games started, Justin and I headed to the Athletic Club for a run and swim. I completed a 3.7 mile fast run on the treadmill (although the treadmill reset after .7 miles, so I had to start over), followed by a mile swim. This was my longest swim to date, and I can honestly say that it felt great and is becoming easier for me. I am really looking forward to my lesson on Tuesday with Tamas – gotta get that technique down!
Short side story: Justin and I received several gift cards to REI for Christmas and decided to purchase new sleeping bags for the camping adventures we are planning this year. Justin gets really excited about new “things” and wanted to try out the sleeping bags. Last night, when I walked into the bedroom, this is what I was greeted with. Who does this?
We climbed into our cocoons and made the decision that we would NOT be sleeping in them this evening, as the bags are made for 15 degree temperatures and our house was a comfortable 59 degrees. Justin packed up the bags and that was that.
And now, it’s only a month away from our trip to Africa. Normally I don’t start packing and getting vacation antsy until a week before departure, however this trip is unlike any other I have taken. It requires vaccinations, medications, and a lot of premeditated planning and packing.
I have already taken care of the vaccinations and prescriptions needed before the trip, which include:
Hepatitis A (two shots)
Hepatitis B shot
I am now strategizing the clothing I will need and how I am going to pack given their strict requirements of 32 pounds per person for a 9 day trip. Yes, that is correct –> 32 pounds. I’m up for a good challenge though, right?
In the Travel Guide we received from Kensington Tours, they provide a list of recommendations and packing essentials, many of which I am not prepared for. For example,
- preferred colors are khaki, beige, olive green, and brown – all of which I rarely wear and therefore must go shopping. Oh, darn.
- black and blues are not recommended and attract the tsetse flies – looks like I am going to be fly food.
- bright colors are not recommended because they may startle the animals – seriously? If I can wear something that makes a lion afraid of me, isn’t that a good thing?
- plenty of layers – I plan to do this anyway to maximize the amount of clothing I can bring. They may restrict the weight of my bags, but they can’t restrict the 20 pounds of clothing on my body. ☺
Needless to say, I have a lot of planning to do. The only items I have thus far set aside are a swimsuit, running shoes, beige tank, safari hat, and green pair of safari pants that are too big for me. Looks like I’ll be making a fashion statement.
Justin and I are also planning on bringing several deflated soccer balls that we will inflate and give to kids in the various villages we visit, along with some educational knick-knacks and supplies. A website called Pack For A Purpose gave me a lot of great ideas of what to bring to help out the locals.
Wish me luck as I spend the next month running all over town and sifting through my closet in preparation for our trip. More later!
Do you have any packing advice or tips you can give? (please, help!)
What are your packing “musts” or essentials when preparing for a long trip?