Friday, February 27, 2009
I finally have a plane ticket, and will be leaving for Korea on March 5th. I have begun packing both items to be stored here, and items I will be taking with me or shipping to me in Korea.
Packing, for me, is an involved process. Ideally, I use absolutely no space wasters like styrofoam packing material or crumpled paper. Every nook and cranny is filled with an item. When I'm done with a box, there isn't a free inch, and nothing can move or shift.
The upside of this is that I pack my belongings into the most compact possible space, and I don't need filler material. The downside is that packing becomes complex and time-consuming, as I roam around, eyeing all the remaining items and trying to find one that will fit in the space I have. Also, boxes packed by me tend to be quite heavy.
Packing suitcases is a similar process. You know how the tow handle leaves two bars across the bottom of the suitcase, leaving valuable space unused, unless you fit small items into those spaces? I always use socks, underwear, scarves, and other small items to fill in those spaces, as well as corners and edges. I can fit a lot of stuff in a suitcase! Other people have been amazed by how many things I can fit in. The downside, again, is that they are heavy! Also, the items I need most often are then on the very bottom. Oh well, at least that's only a problem if I don't unpack!