the pack attack {day 15 of 31}

The girls and I packed our 2nd of 10 suitcases for Cambodia tonight. I know it’s a little early to be packing (58 days out), but the supplies were starting to take over our basement, and I figured we needed to start gauging (Is that spelled right? I’m too tired to check.) how much stuff we have and how much more we need/can take.

Plus, according to my girls, packing a suitcase for Cambodia ranks up there as one of the Top Ten Thrilling Things To Do Ever (not including all the things we’ll be doing IN Cambodia).

Everything is pretty organized, but I wouldn’t say there was a method to my madness. Just fit as much as I could in each suitcase without going over 50 pounds. Take the stuff that will be the most useful. Don’t take anything that won’t get used/be enjoyed.

Here’s our first 96 pounds: play-doh, Lincoln Logs, construction paper, crayons, board books, card games, Dum Dum pops, Tinker Toys, Etch-a-Sketch, colored bubbles, washers, markers, dry erase boards, dried fruit, gum, Clif bars, assortment of nuts and trail mix, silly string, beef jerky, Smarties, latex gloves, deodorant.


A huge thank-you to everyone who sent us supplies (or plans to) and/or money to buy some. Livi and I had a date tonight and bought a lot a lot a lot of fun stuff including pipe cleaners, stickers, gauze pads, alcohol wipes, band-aids, healthy snacks, journals for Livi and Ava (still need one for me and Nina), gum.

We could still use some gently used toys for the Boys’ Center in Cambodia. If, in the course of purging your children’s things, you run across any of the following you don’t want/need, let me know. I’d love to take them off your hands.

Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Legos, Doctor’s kit, play tools, dress-up clothes (for boys), 24-36 piece puzzles (you can put the pieces in a baggie and cut the picture off the box), board books, Scrabble tiles, stickers, washers (like from the hardware store), paintbrushes (small ones), card games like Uno, Skip-bo, etc.

Tomorrow we’re going to pack some clothes. That’s the advantage of going somewhere really warm when it’s really cold where you live. You can pack all of your clothes 57 days in advance.

Any purging/packing/playing plans this weekend?

10 thoughts on “the pack attack {day 15 of 31}

  1. Edith

    Wow! Cambodia? I am interacting with so many people who are doing really big things! Wow! God bless on your safe journey there and return home.

  2. Allison

    sounds like lots of fun!
    Just wanted to let you know that a friend had colored bubbles and played with them with her kids and it was really messy. If you haven’t already you might want to test them out to see if they are worth bringing over! and if you do bring them don’t forget to pack them in a ziploc in case they leak!

      1. Erin Bradshaw

        I was gonna say the same thing Marla. A friend said she used them and the color stained their clothes. Just a thought… 🙂

  3. Sharon W

    I started going through my clothes today. I have a pile of things that I am getting rid of. But I have a dilemma. Should I just donate it so I can get rid of it all ASAP. Or should I take the time to list it on eBay and see if I can make some money off the items?

    1. Marla Taviano

      I struggle with that too. Fortunately for me, almost all of our clothes are from the thrift store lately, making it much less painful just to send them right back. If you have the time and patience, I’d try listing some. Otherwise… nah.

  4. Jennifer Ekstrand

    My husband is leaving for a conference tomorrow, so that involves some light packing today. When he’s gone I’ll be doing some purging to get ready for a garage sale our housing co-op is having next weekend.

  5. Valerie

    Would they need some crayons/colored pencils? I picked up some of each when they were really on sale before school started with the intention of donating them to someone. I also have an extra deck or two of Uno cards, some random monopoly card game I got free with another game we purchased, and we also have some regular playing cards… would any of those be of interest to them? I also think we still have quite the sticker collection around here from when I worked at my former job… one of my ladies loved getting stickers for “helping” with different tasks. I’m sure I have other random goodies around here and a dollar store locally that has lots of nifty stuff.

    No real plans this weekend trying to finish up my course project, prepare for final exams, and try not to have any major meltdowns today.

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