If you’ve been reading Town and Country Mom for more than a few posts (and thank you if you have!), then you know that I seldom write about fashion or style. Many others do that far better than I ever could. (Two of my favorite women’s style blogs are Privilege and Une Femme d'un Certain Age.) This post is not an exception.
The Mister and I leave for our annual mission trip to Peru on Sunday. Packing for this trip is a breeze. Like a hurricane.
The good news is that the Mister and I are both reasonably light travelers. Additional good news is that we each get to check two bags weighing up to 50 pounds for free in addition to our carry-on bags. Our goal is to fill the four checked bags with items we will leave behind. We have collected children’s clothes, soccer balls (deflated), small stuffed animals, school supplies, individually wrapped candies, sheets, towels, and hygiene items. Friends have given us old (as in no longer stylish) suitcases to use, and we will leave those behind as well. The recipients are thrilled to have a place to store things out of the desert dust.
For myself, I am keeping it simple. My version of trekker chic is: five pairs of stone/khaki pants and shorts and lots of white shirts and tops; two caps; my Peru backpack; and some new work gloves. All of this except my caps and backpack will be left. I’ll also take at least one decent dress to wear shopping and to dinner in Lima as well as my usual flight garb (black knit pants, black turtleneck, shawl (hopefully a new baby Alpaca one) and black Clark’s) to wear home.
Other necessities (some would say luxuries) include water bottles, individually packed trail mix, Starbucks instant coffee, a jar of peanut butter, my Bible, a notebook, and my iPod. For the travel days, I’m thinking of taking a needlepoint project as well as a book because for some mysterious reason, I enjoy needlepointing and
eavesdropping people-watching in airports.
I wrote several posts about our trip last year—about our work and about what we ate and about what we bought—and I’m on the fence about writing about Peru when we return this year. If you’d like to hear more, or if you have questions about our trip, please let me know. Or if you’d rather return to regular programming, let me know that, too!
In the meantime, I’ve planned some non-Peru related posts for while we’re away, and I hope they post as scheduled. I may not be able to respond to, or even publish your comments, as internet service is extremely sketchy but I’m already looking forward to catching up when we return!
Lastly, we’re most grateful for prayers for our group as well as for Middle and Little, who are staying behind with their grandparents. Big, of course, is at college, studying.