Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pack Mule

We leave for Brazil early early tomorrow morning, I'm exhausted after a whole day of packing.  Hallelujah that it's finally done!

At 4:00 this afternoon I made everyone change into pajamas so that there wouldn't be any confusion about what clothes were going or staying.  It was the most comfortable I've ever been packing.  I see pajama wear happening quite a bit in our future. 

We packed four giant suitcases, five carryons (not sure how we'll finagle that, but we'll try) and a purse.  In addition we'll be lugging a car seat and a stroller.  

About half of that stuff will be staying in Brazil.  As soon as people find out we'll be heading down south, the orders start pouring in.  While services are super cheap there, things are not, and we buy a lot of stuff here and get reimbursed for it on the other end.

We stopped taking last minute requests last night after we got back from a store we'd gone to three times in two days, and we couldn't bear the idea of going again.

Here's our final list:
  • 2 laptops
  • 1 projector
  • 1 XBox
  • 1 PS3
  • 4 PS3 games
  • 1 digital camera
  • 1 iPhone
  • 1 iPhone charger set
  • 1 iPod
  • 5 different perfumes
  • 1 perfume set
  • 6 Victoria's Secret lotions
  • 3 Oakley hats
  • 1 calculator
  • 6 purses
  • 2 pairs of Nikes
  • 2 toys (the loud, obnoxious kind)

On top of that, we're bringing clothes that Gabi and Mason have outgrown for a niece and nephew.  It's a miracle we had any room for our own clothes!  I wouldn't be surprised to find out we have to pay for exceeding the per bag weight limit.

A friend loaned me her minivan so we wouldn't have to take two cars to the aiport, two hours away.  Friends like that deserve super cool gifts upon my return.    

It takes 24 hours of traveling door to door.  Our journey starts at 4:30 tomorrow morning.  See you in a few days!


  1. Wow, have fun. I know all about taking stuff to people in other countries, I'm sure they really appreciate it!

  2. YAY!!!! I wish I could come and visit you! I hope you have a great time though (and lots of fun stories to share!) Travel safe!!

  3. Sounds like there will be some very happy family members awaiting you. Enjoy!

  4. I was so happy to see your FB post to see that you started up your blog again! You're supposed to let people know about things like this! Anyway, have a great trip. You are a brave, brave woman to make such a long journey with a baby. I can't wait to hear the stories!

  5. Hope your travels were uneventful! Looking forward to the first post from Brazil. :)

  6. How nice of you! Can't wait to hear more!!!!

  7. Packing is always my least favorite part. :P Sounds like you have quite the journey ahead. Wishing you lots of luck that all goes smoothly. Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

  8. I am selfishly looking forward to inlaw stories. Have a great time!

  9. Welcome back! Nice to see you again...
    I'm not sure how far down you read, but we are no longer i Brasil. We are now in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.
    Remember that you get 70 lbs per bag to Brasil...every airline! It's a country rule, don't let them tell you otherwise! Sometimes it helps to print it out from their websites, or just call a supervisor...they HAVe to give you it!
    Also, I hope you don't get stuck paying all the import duty fees...that could be hefty on that much electronics!
    Have fun...send a kiss to Rio for me (though I'm not sure which part you go to!)


  10. Wow that's a lot of stuff - fingers crossed the customs there doesn't have an issue with it ;) My friends' parents do the same when they go to Israel, too. It's amazing all the different things, but what a joy for you!

    And pj packing? Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

  11. You rock! I'm so not as good about bringing stuff from the states. Then again, I'm always bringing stuff for me and my little crew.


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