I used to be very organized. Especially when it came to travelling. I had a guidebook, some medical advice, travellers cheques and off I went.
No fancy travel clothes, no special lock contraptions, no researched backpack, and definitely no GPS. Just me, my clothing from where ever and a couple of items from a military store.
Then it all changed on me.
Specialty travel stores, clothing designed for backpacking, travel blogs, TripAdvisor, cell phones, and even selfie sticks.
I now “know” what I should take, how to take it, how long to go for, where to avoid, what to eat, where not to eat, what debit cards to bring, which credit cards not to bring, where to stay, where not to stay, and even what the bathrooms will look like. Even for countries like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan!
The more I read, the less prepared I feel. The less prepared I feel, the more overwhelmed I become.
Two words… information overload.
Which leads to anticipatory travel anxiety. What if I take the wrong thing? What if the lock I buy is not as good as theee one that Tina The Terrific Travel Blogger recommends. (And for those of you not in the “know” the latest must have is anything from Pacsafe).
What I do know for sure
- Cairo has a great place for gelato.
- There are some decent Indian restaurants in Cairo (a must).
- There are many scams with the camels at the pyramids.
- The traffic is crazy and I am learning how to cross the street (thanks to YouTube).
- All food can be delivered. In fact, anything you want can be delivered.
- Become good friends with the doorman. Every building has one and he is the “key” to getting by successfully.
- I won’t be able to read my own bills as even the numbers will be in Arabic. (note to self: study now!)
Back to the basics. To get better organized and to become less overwhelmed, we have begun to get our priorities in order.
The Number 1 Priority is Chocolate Chip Cookies
We have been sampling recipes that don’t require any fancy schmancy kitchen tools. And we have succeeded.
So now that we have a chocolate chip recipe to take with us, we just need to find the magical travel store that has a sign that says, Are you going to Egypt? You need all this stuff. Buy, pack and take!
In the meantime, my prep area still looks like this!
Yes, the photo on the right is my advanced method of learning Arabic! Yes, that too needs to be better organized.
Moving from Canada to Cairo with the Family C from A to Z
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when preparing to move?