Packing for a long-term trip is a whole different animal than getting ready for a one-week vacation. When you’re traveling months on end, everything in your backpack has to earn its keep. I can tell you from personal experience, the lighter your pack, the better.
Whenever I talk about Santorini, I usually start by making a loud and slightly awkward sighing noise. To everyone who has asked me about the island and received this reaction, I sincerely apologize - it's just that our time on this volcano in the Aegean Sea was absolute perfection. Oh yes, I'm talking about salty skin, ocean views, and lazy mornings. (That's your definition of perfection too, right?)
I moved my face closer to the laptop screen, re-reading the email and waiving my hands excitedly at Christopher. I was sitting on the lumpy hide-a-bed couch of our Airbnb in Milan, Italy. Our hosts had just gone to bed so I did my best to keep my voice low. “They have a litter due soon and the puppies will be ready right after we get back!”
Over the last four months, my backpack and I have become pretty close. Together we’ve been crammed into small spaces, slathered in sweat, and traveled up mountains, down dark streets, over oceans, and across countries. I mean, just look at how cute she and I are together…