What would you take? In packing to spend 12 months out of my home country, the inevitable question is, “What do you take?” The other obvious question becomes, “What do you leave?” And then the question that makes you breathe a sigh of relief is, “What can be shipped?”

Other than the boring and normal list of clothes, toothbrush, etc. I thought I would share a few of the important things I always try to make sure are squeezed into the 52-54 lb.ish suitcase I carry (keep in mind, almost all economy international flights are only allowed 1 suitcase these days).

Three wick candles from Bath & Body Works
A few of the most important things...

I know what you’re thinking…Why the contact solution? Why the scrapbook paper? A cookbook? Really? Well here’s my explanation for it, what makes a place home to me, is food and smells.

I think the contact solution can be thought of as a necessity, being that a big bottle of the kind of contact solution I use is about 18€. I can buy two huge bottles for $14 at bulk stores in the US. Of course you need your bilingual bible, your residency card, your passport, etc. And something special that I decided to have shipped instead, scrapbook paper!

So, those are a few of the things I take…what about you? What would you take?


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