Although I will always be a backpacker at heart, my recent snowboarding injury has forced me to upgrade my personal luggage allowance from a hiking pack to a duffel with wheels to the entire backseat and trunk of my car. I love road trips, but this time, I’m making it a one-way.
Transitioning from a traveller to a student hasn’t been easy. I stayed true to my nomadic roots in the obscure objects that I piled into my VW Jetta. Here is a condensed list of the necessary items I brought from home:
- Camping gear—because I still love a good adventure
- My guitar—because music makes me feel at home anywhere I go
- Magic Bullet—because I live off of smoothies
- My manatee teddy bear—because it’s the perfect size to cuddle
- The first draft of my novel—because it’s time to edit
- Five swimsuits—because my house has a hot tub & pool (SCORE)
- Two sweet smelling candles—to make my room smell more welcoming
- My old dream catcher—to keep nightmares at bay
- A new gel memory foam pad—because my back needs a good bed
- Portable, wireless speakers—because, like it or not roomies, I am a country girl.
Unfortunately, I also forgot a few items that (unknown to me) are not included in my rent: sheets, pillows, and a comforter. I also misplaced my black trench coat but somehow remembered my unnecessary, massive winter jacket. This is unfortunate because winter in Northern AB is a liiiiitttle different than winter in Southern BC.
The nice part about moving to a summer vacay city with an off-season population of 100,000 people is that is has more than enough modern vicinities in which I am able to purchase any amenities I might need or may have forgotten. Hopefully I won’t have to buy too much, because BC has a hefty extra tax. I plan to stay gluten-free and indulge in fresh BC fruit. This is a hippy city, so I figure I can get away with thrift-shop clothing and second-hand room decor. I’m excited to finally have a place of my own—an entire bedroom—to settle into and permanently unpack.
For now, anyways.
Although this is a foreign transition for me, it is strange, new, and exciting. Wish me luck on my one-way road trip, and as always, happy travels!