With just 9 days to go until I head to the U.S., and a hectic scheduele during my last few days in England, I decided to make a start on packing my suitcase ready for my departure next Tuesday. If you have already read my Summer Camp Packing List post, you will already know what kind of things have made their way into my suitcase, but I thought I would show you all EXACTLY what will be going to the U.S. with me next week.
My suitcase is designed by Tripp, and I purchased it from Debenhams last year. It is large enough to fit all my belongings in for the 5 month trip to the U.S., but lightweight and sturdy enough to be dragged through the woods at camp!
If you have read my previous posts, you will already know that I am heading straight to Australia this year after camp. In my previous Summer Camp Packing List post, I discuss whether you should take a suitcase or a rucksack to camp with you. Well, this year I am taking both! A suitcase is great for camp, but a rucksack will be much easier when I am trekking around Australia in September, so the first thing I packed in my suitcase was my rucksack!
I am generally a super organised person in life, and I am no different when it comes to packing. To make life easier, I use packing cubes and travel bags to make life easier when I arrive at camp. The blue floral packing cubes/laundry bags were from Ebay, with the rest of the travel bags being from Cath Kidston (I am slightly obsessed!).
The bags are really useful for keeping things together, such as my 17 month supply of contact lenses! Also if you’re a fan of spray deodorant like I am, bear in mind what I said on my Summer Camp Packing List post about how expensive it is in America! I don’t take many toiletries, as I prefer to save my precious weight allowance for other things, but I usually take enough deodorant to last me the summer.
Next comes clothes… I am a notorious overpacker and I know my boyfriend is going to go crazy when I arrive next week with this many clothes! I like to be prepared for all occasions, so have clothes for camp, clothes for days off, clothes for before camp begins (and it’s a bit chillier!)… I could probably clothe the whole camp (ooooooops!).
First I packed some of my camp gear that I have collected over the last couple of years, along with the lovely new items Camp Leaders sent me in the post this week. You will be given staff shirts to wear at camp when you arrive, but I like to take a few oldies with me to wear during pre-camp/staff training so I don’t ruin any of my clothes when getting camp ready for the campers arrivals!
This was followed by tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpers, pyjamas, bikinis, underwear and shoes! As you will see from the pictures below, I have gone SLIGHTLY crazy (oops again). As I said before, there are clothes for all occasions and a girl can never have too many clothes, right?!
There are a few things that I will be using over the next 10 days that haven’t been packed yet, such as make up, a hairbrush, my retainer etc., but I will be finding a way to squeeze those in too come next Tuesday!
I also managed to squeeze in a few fancy dress pieces to wear around camp during themed days/events. I already have lots of fancy dress items at camp from previous years, so I have tried not to go overboard (for once) with outfits this year.
Finally, it was time to start to pack my hand luggage. I always take a small rucksack with me as my hand luggage item, as I don’t really want to be wheeling two suitcases and a rucksack makes for a great day bag on a day off.
In my hand luggage, I put things such as my laptop, iPod, glasses, sunglasses, jewelry, GoPro, adapters, torch, chargers and my Australia travel guide (thanks Amy!). I am travelling with Thomas Cook to America this year, and hand luggage bags can weigh up to 6kgs. Make sure you check with your flight company the limits on baggage allowance to avoid additional fees at the airport!
The final addition to my hand luggage (and probably the most important of all!) is my travel documents; including train tickets to the airport, my passport, visa documentation, flight details, my social security card (only applicable if you have worked in the U.S. previously – don’t panic if you don’t have one!) and finally my international driving permit. This is something I haven’t mentioned before, but I highly recommend you get if you plan on driving in America this summer. You can get them from selected Post Offices, and the permit costs just £5.50 for a whole year. Although it is not a compulsory requirement to have on in the U.S., some hire car companies insist you have one, along with your U.K. driving licence, to rent a car.
So, that’s me all packed and ready to go! Now I can’t leave the house for the next 10 days as I have no clothes left to wear… just kidding, the amount of clothes I own is ridiculous really. I’m off to spend some quality time with my family, starting with a trip to visit my sister in Leeds followed by some time in North Yorkshire with the parents. Have you started your summer camp packing yet? Camp will soon be here!