Hi all! I can’t believe the time has finally arrived, and I will be leaving for New Zealand this Thursday! I have done a few pre packs, and now its time for the real thing. Today I am gathering everything, and tomorrow night I will officially load up my backpack. (I still have a wee bit of laundry to do). Truthfully I am not bringing a lot of clothes. When you look at my packing excel sheet, the toiletries list is much longer than the clothes list. Some toiletries I plan to dwindle while I’m down there like my contacts. I, unfortunately, have to wear Dailies. So I have to bring a crap ton of contacts since I’ll be down there for 56 days (and I even wear my dailies twice). Oh well, what’s a girl to do? I think on the clothing side I am pretty solid. A few yoga pants to be interchangeable between PJs, loungewear, or athletic wear. A non-denim pair of shorts and a pair of board shorts, a dress, and a variety of long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, and a nicer shirt to wear out. Although it is now spring time in New Zealand, I wanted to bring some layers just to be safe. So I have a fleece sweater, an athletic zip up jacket and a rain coat. Those three together should be pretty warm. I do plan on being pretty active over there, so I did pack a few sport bras. I wanted two pairs of walking shoes in case one got wet. So I have my trail runners and a pair of hiking boots. All the bigger bulkier things I plan to wear on the plane to save room in my pack. Also, my trail runners are on their last leg, so I plan to not come home with them. I plan to do that with a few things, like some undies, and older shirts. That way I can free up room for goodies to bring back. As the toiletries start to dwindle that should help a lot. Well, I don’t want to bore you any further. I plan on watching some Boardwalk Empire then head off to bed. Tonight I would like to go to bed around 1am and wake up around 9am to slowly start adjusting to the time change. That would be going to bed at 8pm and waking up at 4am in New Zealand. It’s a slow adjust. My first day there might be kind of crazy anyway with it being the Rugby World finals and all. The game will be in London, but the New Zealand National Team, the All Blacks, are in it. Oh and it’s Halloween. All within my first 24 hours in the country. It’ll be great!