It’s weird – this preparing for Peru. I knew it would feel rushed – having just gotten back from Ecuador a little under 2 months ago, but this feels nothing like what I expected. It’s already so different from Ecuador – so, so different. I have done so much less preparing – both physically and mentally. I actually haven’t even purchased my plane ticket to Miami yet. And yet, there is a peace about this trip that I didn’t have with either Ecuador visit. There’s this prevailing calm that assures me it will all work out in the end.
Part of that calm, a small part probably because let’s face it – the biggest part of the calm is completely God, is coming from the fact that after each trip I learn so much…and I continually tweak my traveling, and in that way, each trip gets easier. Peru is no different. This time, I’ll be:
- taking 1 checked bag (not 2)
- Visiting 1 child on fun day (not 3)
- Possibly booking a flight with a layover instead of a direct flight to MIA – we’ll see, not totally sure on this one
- bringing more family/home visit gifts (I wish I had taken more “hostess” gifts to Ecuador, but I just didn’t have the room)
- buying actual headphones for the plane – my ears can only take so much of the earbuds.
- carrying a digital scale for luggage on the return trip
- taking my letters from Helen Angela to look at with Helen Angela
- packing with a color scheme in mind – this worked so well last time!
- pre-loading audio book after audio book for the plane – 7ish hour flights are ugh.
- taking my phone battery booster – because audiobooks
- writing to my Helen Angela while I’m waiting to meet her – because this is my tradition and I love it.
- packing peanut butter just incase
When I sat down this past weekend and started my packing I had a small panic moment thinking I wasn’t going to be able to fit everything in a single checked bag – but that fear is unfounded. Even after packing everything I’d planned on putting in my checked bag, I have 7 pounds of room available – which means I can move some of the items from my carryon to the checked bag and still be fine. I cannot imagine how light it will feel to travel with a single checked bag – again, from here it’s feeling like a calm sigh.
I’m continually amazed at how each of these Compassion trips have been exactly what I needed, when I needed it – and I know Peru will follow that pattern, and, I’m really looking forward to immersing myself again.