The Random Writings of Rachel: What We're Packing for China

What We're Packing for China




 {But first, I thought I'd share a mini-tour of what's left in our home. We do have some furniture, still, as you see, only because it's heirloom or borrowed furniture--none of it belongs to us, but we are happily using it for the time being. Our suitcases are mostly packed at this point, so anything left in the house is just what we're living with up until the 22nd when we leave. By the way, I actually love living in a nearly empty house, it looks so clean all the time!}

Here's a relatively complete look at what's coming with us on our move overseas (since you are human like me, I assume you're curious):

Boring, practical clothes and shoes for work (slacks, button-ups, covered toe shoes--I can also wear dresses at work, hurray!)
Clothes and shoes that Rachel is too fond of to let go (i.e. red high heels, Bettie Page dress, etc.)
Clothes and shoes that Angel is too fond of to let go (i.e. basketball shoes, Mephisto shoes, his cardigan, etc.)
Angel's USA, Mexico, and China flags (Only the three most loved. South Korea, Brazil, and the rest of the collection didn't make the cut)
Our wedding clothes (2 reasons: Angel is supposed to have a suit to wear to formal school banquets, so he needed to bring his suit anyways. Plus, we have a tradition of wearing our wedding clothes again every year and I can't skip that in China! And my dress, unlike most wedding dresses, is very non-poofy and doesn't take up much room...it's almost like I was secretly planning on a vagabond's life...)
Chacos (sandals) for both of us
My Doc Martens (I hear it does get slightly chilly in ShenZhen in the winter...and I love my Docs and I've only had them for a year, so I want to keep using them as long as possible)
A miniature pewter nativity scene (first Christmas without any family? I at least wanted one little decoration from home)
2 Laptops
External hard drive
Angel's iPod touch
Camera/Camera battery charger
My haircutting scissors and comb
My jewelry and accessories
Angel's favorite prism
My little swiss army knife
Chinese/English dictionary
A few, very few, books...like 3
Light jackets for both of us
A stock of basic meds we might need (ibuprofen, allergy meds, stomach meds, etc.)
Notarized copies of important papers/ids/etc.
Potato Peeler
Can Opener
A few makeup/facial skincare products
Toms deodorant
Yes To... chapstick
A 31 brand tote someone gave us (we figure, lightweight and great for organizing since we don't expect to have much furniture)
Travel Boggle (to play on the airplane and whenever else we want to play)
My Fabric USA Map  (It's cute and it's made of fabric, it will take up hardly any room I promise)
Silverware (just 2 complete sets)
Angel's pewter cup
My Purse from the Red Buffalo Road
The extra HK dollars that we had from last time we were in the HK airport


And I think that's all that will fit. Actually, it might not all fit in the 2 suitcases, 2 carry ons, and 2 backpacks we're bringing (1 each per person). We are bringing a few little luxuries, as you saw, and both are a little more fond of our clothes and shoes than perhaps we should be. That's the reason I plan on wearing my Doc Martens, jeans, a tank top, a dress, AND my denim jacket on the airplane (in July, as you know). Either I'm trying to make a fashion statement of some sort or else I'm just trying to sneak a little extra clothing along with me. That's okay, I'm always really cold in airports and on airplanes anyways.

Now just ask me in a couple months what I wish we had packed but either forgot or didn't have enough room for...

44 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your list! Sounds like you both are quite practical!

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  2. Such an interesting read! I love the luxuries you chose (the nativity is genius and can be out year-round, obviously). Why were the potato peeler and can opener chosen - are the ones in China different, or did you just assume you would want them right away and not want to shop for them?

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  3. You guys definitely win awards for practicality. And way to think ahead to Christmas…I wouldn't have thought of that! My first Christmas in Alaska, I realized we had no decorations and that's when I started buying them.
    It's only for a year, right?

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  4. So close! Can't wait to see this the posts once you're in China!

    Also, we're supposed to close on our house today and I'm wishing our packing list was like yours ;)

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  5. such a great list of things you're taking! very efficient! i stress out packing for a weekend, i can't imagine packing to move overseas!!

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  6. someone just gave me a pair of chaos :) I'm still adjusting to them. and wow, it's still trying to sink in that you're moving to China! I'm SO glad I'm following you through this journey!!

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  7. I just went on a cross-country trip and I found that Space Bags were my heros. :) It obviously didn't help with the weight of my bags, but I found that I could squeeze a ton more into them.

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  8. You guys are great packers! I'm interested to hear if you thought you brought enough/not enough/what other things you would have liked. I always have a hard time choosing what to bring on trips, let alone moving out of the country! So excited for your guys!

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  9. Its getting so close...I feel like it would be hard to go through everything and see what stays and goes with you two. Hope your last weeks in the USA are fun and relaxing! :)

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  10. Sounds like you are managing to fit a lot for an airplane! The key to packing for abroad is using space wisely, meaning, folding and tucking your suitcase to fit as much as possible, lol. I'm sure you guys will have a lovely time and it sounds like you have the essentials!

    http://howtomakehome.blogspot.com

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  11. I was so glad we left in winter because we decided to wear a lot of our bulkier clothes... unfortunately the weather on leaving-day turned out rather warm. But it's amazing how much stuff one can actually fit... we brought 70kgs between the two of us and I can't say I really miss anything we left behind :)
    Your home somehow still looks colourful and warm and cheery! :)

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  12. Wow - I think that list is really minimal, so congrats on that!! I do hate the moving prep, but it looks like you are in a good place with that!

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  13. Next time I move, you're going to fly back to the States and help me purge and pack...RIGHT!?

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  14. love it! y'all are really thinking this out well! such a big move, I'm excited to follow along and see how it goes!

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  15. Man when you think about it, that's not much stuff!

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  16. This is great. I should spend some time thinking about what I would take if I only had a suitcase to take it in. I think I'd be more than willing to sacrifice some clothes for other things. I'm not as in love with my closet as you are, though.

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  17. Wow! It's all really happening!!! That's a great list; it's not easy to get a house full of things down to those packing limitations! Man, you guys are leaving so soon! AHH! EXCITING!

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  18. I love that you guys re-wear your wedding clothes every year! How fun! And a can opener and potato peeler will both be super helpful! :)

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  19. I was curious, thanks for sharing. I did laugh a little about the potato peeler, it seems like "one of these things is not like the other." It's awesome that you already have most of what you are taking packed!

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  20. I am pretty excited to see how things pan out in China. That's so exciting!!

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  21. Good for you. It is hard to decide what to take on a big adventure : ) I think you've done amazingly well.

    I'm so excited for you!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  22. Yes, it sounds like you have narrowed it down very well. Great idea layering up for the trip. I almost only wear Doc Martens and I would have a very hard time picking which pair would go with me, but I know for sure it would have to one of them. Sound like you guys really are off on such an adventure. How exciting!

    Erika

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  23. I'm so impressed that you were able to do this! I get heartsick just thinking about parting with my books, but obviously you had to. At the same time, however, purging everything you own sounds really refreshing.

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  24. Sounds like fun :) That's a pretty concise list you have there, which is good. Thankfully should you need anything your family can ship it to you guys hehe. When is your official departure date? It must be SUPER exciting for the two of you. Happy Friday and have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  25. all the preparation posts about china make me feel like i'm about to embark on a trip of my own. i'm very much looking forward to living vicariously through your posts about adventuring abroad together :)

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  26. You guys are leaving so soon! I'm so excited for you. Man, I remember packing up my entire life and moving away, and having to fit it all in suitcases. It can be hard, but you're right, it does kind of feel nice too.

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  27. You have such a bright, cheery little place you're leaving there. You'll no doubt inject some of that sunshine into your new home. I love the "packed house" stage. When we moved back and forth to Germany, it was interesting to see what we could and could not live with. Minimalist living really is kinda nice sometimes!

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  28. How long are you going to China for? Is it to live permanently? I remember reading about your plans to move, but I don't recall you mentioning if it was short term or long term.

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  29. I think you've done a great job paring everything down and packing! I always wear my bulkiest and heaviest clothing on flights to save room in my luggage too. Ha! Great minds... :) x

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  30. This is awesome! I am so glad I found your blog! My husband and I had a similar, all of a sudden we aren't ready to settle down discussion a little over a year ago and we too are moving overseas to teach English! We leave in about 2 weeks...but we are not packed! Can't wait to read more about your travels!

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  31. Wow, Rachel, it looks like you have both been busy at work. I am amazed at your progress. I just can not imagine letting go of our things. I am too attached I know. How wonderful to be able to work together in such a project.

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  32. Looks like everything is almost set and you're ready to go. Can't wait to hear about your China adventures. Did I already mention on one of my previous comments that.. please go to the Great Wall! AHAHA LOL :D

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  33. I'm impressed with how efficient you guys are! I would have the hardest time paring my stuff down to go overseas. You guys are leaving so soon!

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  34. I hope everything fits! I can't wait to read about your trip and what you could have lived without :)

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  35. I laughed at your smuggling clothes plan! How great!

    I do not even know how you're not falling apart emotionally. If and when our European dream comes true, I doubt I'll be as composed- even if I am excited and so happy- I think I know myself enough to know how sad I'll be. How are you keeping composed?

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  36. Sounds like a very reasonable list to me. I 100% would be wearing extra clothes on the plane if I needed to!!

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  37. Wow, you guys move fast! (Both literally and figuratively).

    Y'all did a great job! I'm so excited for you! But one question, what will become of Angel's bear costume? Please don't get rid of it. It would be a shame to get rid of the bear...

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  38. I'm very impressed with the size of the list. Good job on weeding stuff out!

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  39. Looks like a great list-- I have to say that we must be shoe-sole sisters or something as I too am a dedicated Chacos (summer only) and Doc Martens (all seasons) wearer. The best shoes!
    The main things I regretted not bringing were my favorite coats. I was trying to pack light so I just bought a coat over here, but there's just something about your best coats. And dresses. Good luck with your move! Looking forward to hearing about it.

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  40. I always love lists like these! It's also always cool to remind me of some things to bring on trips, etc. Also I have to say I love your desk/closet space!

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  41. All the best with the move Rachel! They say moving house is one of the most stressful event in life but I see you both are doing great!

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  42. I hope you'll be posting often about your adventure in China! Thanks for visiting my post about names & for sharing that your parents named all of you for biblical folks. I was wondering, what characteristics of Rachel do you see in your life? I so enjoy your blog :) Blessings!

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  43. I just finished making my final packing list for China today! Don't forget a year supply of tampons ;)
    So glad to have a bloggy friend going through this with me! Are you still going to be blogging over there?

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  44. wow!! You are in shenzhen! Just found your blog through your link in the Create Link Inspire party. I blog from hong kong so we are neighbors!! Emily

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