Packing can be exciting, but it also can be stressful. This is me when I was packing to leave Lima in December. Impressive, right?
I thought maybe, for fun, you all might like to hear some of the things I'm planning on packing and not packing for Lima this time around.
1) I am only me. (A female, FYI.) You may get there and be like "What was that crazy girl talking about?" I don't want any hate mail.
2) I have much more room in my suitcases than you, seeing as I left a bunch of things back in Lima. So, ya know, you should prioritize. Underwear first, kiddos.
White shoes. The sidewalks of Lima will pounce on anything that so much as looks white-ish. Don't do it.
Extra dresses. For some reason I seem to wear dresses a lot more in New England, where I go to school, but I really only had a couple semi-formal occassions that I wore them for in Lima.
Books. I like to read, but PUCP has quite a few really good libraries which even have many English books.
That's my short list of "leaves." Most of the rest of what I packed the first time for my everyday life at home I used in my everyday life in Lima too.
Brown sugar. Had to be #1 on the list. I love to bake (you may benefit from this) American baked goods, and this simply does not exist.
Chocolate chips and chocolate bars. I'm a huge dark chocolate fan, and while I've heard opinions to the contrary, I'm just not sold on Peruvian chocolate.
Peanut butter. (Are there a lot of foods on this list?) This does exist, but it's decidedly in the "expensive foreign imports" category, from which my new host family may or may not buy. I'm not taking any chances.
Boots and Converse. For some reason, in the winter and spring these were the footwear of choice for like 8/10 students on campus. It will get cold again.
Taken at the black market
Beauty and skin care products. These are a bit pricey down there, especially as compared to the outrageously inexpensive food. Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, makeup...I'm stocked for 5 months.
Folders. Regular cardboard with two pockets? A peruvian friend claims they have them, but I have yet to find them.
Contact solution and contacts. This one. Really, take my advice. I just bought a bottle in the Walmart Vision center that cost me 3 or 4 times as much in Peru. And out of necessity, I bought the exact same brand of contacts down there that I buy here, and they just bugged my eyes for some reason.
So that's my list, some of which I've heard echoed by other students. Especially the PB. It's more American than apple pie, apparently.