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?