Two people. Three months. Four carry-ons and two bags to check.
Never before have I been required to pack so strategically as for an upcoming 99-day trip to Puerto Cayo, Ecuador beginning one week from today.
I’m typically a throw-it-in-the-bag-the-night-before-the-trip kind of guy, but that won’t work this time. There’s a house to furnish, a business to set up and hopefully a little fun to be had in the midst of it all.
It reminds me of the old trivia question – If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the one thing you’d take with you?
Six days out, here’s my strategic packing plan.
CLOTHING – Shorts and jeans, mostly pullover short-sleeved shirts, two pairs of boots (one for dress, one for work), running shoes and shorts as I plan to be back in half-marathon shape when we return in April, and plenty of hats and caps for protection from the sun.
TOOLS – A few screw drivers, hammer, measuring tape, flashlight, bungee straps and zip ties.
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Every kitchen utensil that will fit in every available nook and cranny.
MONEY – Several thousand dollars, mostly in $20s and under. Hundreds don’t spend well in Latin America.
LEGAL: Passports, birth certificates and marriage license.
INTANGIBLES: A willingness to unlearn my cultural biases, hopeful desire to learn how to chill out more often, and an adventuresome spirit. And a new golf swing I hope to perfect in the southern hemisphere summer that maybe, just maybe, might put me in the high 70s.
INSPIRATIONAL: A small desk moniker that reads: “Never, never, never, never give up.” It got us this far, and I hope it will take us a bit further.
Making a list, and checking it twice…
When you do something you’ve never done before, sometimes, you just have to “feel” your way through it.
And it’s one thing to buy a new house, or a car, or change jobs where you are, but when you’re preparing to do all those things in a country 6,000 miles away, the concept takes on a whole new meaning.
Today, Dana and I find ourselves 42 days out from a move that includes all those things and much more.
For the last five months, we’ve worked long-distance with Gary and April Scarborough at www.laspalmasecuador.com to buy property and build a home from the ground up in Puerto Cayo. It’s a matter of days now, before the home is complete, and for the most part, it’s been easier than building a house where we were on site.
Funny thing is, the house building was the easy part. Now, with 42 days and counting…
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