After selling all of my shoes I narrowed down my packing to a pair of boots, a pair of sneakers, and some versatile flats. I found a pair of boots on Amazon that I thought would be great for the trip since they had a hidden pocket. A few months before leaving I started wearing them so I could break them in. They were fine. Yesterday, my mini and I took a trip to a place called Faunia, it was like an open/interactive zoo. After catching the Metro and walking about a mile to get to Faunia, I realized the boots were not made for walking.
On the way back I bought some inserts but they were uncomfortable. It felt like I had a sock that was sliding off under my foot. Very unpleasant. So, the boots are getting left behind. This made me think about all of the other things I packed that I won’t need and some of the things that I forget.
First thing I forgot…my toothbrush!! By the time we got to the Dublin airport all I wanted to do was brush my teeth. I took Jayla into a family bathroom and started going through our bags. I left the toothbrush in my purse! The purse that I didn’t bring with me. Not a single place in the entire airport sold toothbrushes. I also left my tweezers and as superficial as it may seem, my eyebrows were looking a mess, and I really wanted to get them together. I promptly brought a toothbrush and tweezers after I had settled into the apartment. I learned another lesson…cheap tweezers in any country are worthless. The tweezers will also be left.
I also packed nail polish. Why? Because I have never in my adult life left the house without my toes painted. I don’t like seeing other people’s toe nails unpolished so I never leave the house without mine unpolished. Thanks to my idiosyncrasies, Jayla also has a fit if her toes aren’t polished. Thankfully, we won’t be in open-toe shoes often. Was nail polish necessary? No, but two polishes don’t take up much space.
Next issue…hair. These little sample packs I have won’t last one month. I washed Jayla’s hair last night and used a whole pack of leave in conditioner and when I washed my hair I used an entire pack as well. Yes, I know, I can find hair care products anywhere but I like what I like! We both wear our hair natural and there are products that work and products that don’t.
Maybe, in the future, I can get us down to two suitcases and one backpack. Right now, they’re not too burdensome, although, it was a bit annoying having to roll both suitcases through the airport because Jayla kept ramming into the back of people’s feet. We shall see.