Preparing Part I

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hope you had a sun-filled, warm-hearted weekend! Ours was filled with finishing Orange is the New Black on Netflix (which totally spills smoke over your morals and values), a swift 10 mile training run, Taco Soup, chowing down candy while seeing the movie Divergent, and some baking.

Our move to Tanzania is about two months away. Because there is no Gap, Banana Republic, or Target in Tanzania, we have had to make a list of our wants, and needs, to decipher what not only our budget can handle, but what we can’t live without.

Here is exactly how we began to prepare:

1. Make a list. Don’t leave anything out, even if it is unreasonable. You never know if something as comforting as Essie fingernail polish can make being homesick go away.

2. Prioritize. Carry-on luggage, razor cartridges, skirts for me, and new running shorts for Patrick were at the top of our list.

3. Budget. I had a skirt envelope, we asked a friend if we could use his discount for our Osprey carry-ons, and instead of going to Sam’s to buy our normal Gillette razor cartridges in bulk, we looked for something more reasonably priced.

4. Purchase and mark off. As we marked off the items we bought, we have adjusted our budget to see if anymore of our needs could be purchased as well. An additional item we may consider buying are space bags to help take as much as possible without the extra baggage.

5. We also took inventory of the items we already have and discussed what we would take. Several kitchen items, like our French Press, are on that list.

Click the pictures to read the descriptions. ShaveMOB razors have been my favorite purchase so far! As long as I get to shave in warm water, life will be splendid!

You may ask- Okay, you’re going to a developing country and you are worried about your clothes and chocolate? Wow, shallow. Well, there are going to many comforts we are giving up such as always having water and electricity and hugs from our friends and family. Some items can make you feel a tad more at home.

Items that we already have are:

  • French Press
  • Nalgene Bottles
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener/ Wine Cork (trust me, you always need these and never can find them)
  • Luggage
  • Rain jackets
  • Hammock
  • Picture Frames + Pictures
  • Converters (will buy more when we get there, if needed)

What things do you always like on your adventures? I am thinking of grabbing some small Bath & Body candles, especially a winter one!

Feel free to share any tips! I don’t want to regret not packing something.

Be prepared. –Scout Motto


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About kalibell

Currently, we are celebrating our fourth year of marriage. When I married Patrick, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster of an adventure. However, little did I know, we would spend more time on a plane than in our home. We are beyond excited to share our adventures of soil science, developing countries, our move up north, teaching endeavors, special education, training for our runs and tid bits of our life. Here is our stories of a PhD student and teacher attempting to stay above average, so hang with us!

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