We are the Marincas-Bucy Family, Gregg (Daddy), Marlyn (Mama), Alex John (4.5 years old), and Gregorie Ann (3 years old). This blog will be the story of our 6 months spent traveling through Mexico and Central America. Please read along to follow us on our adventures, to find information about planning your own adventure, to get hints and ideas on traveling with small children, or to just daydream.
[Alex is now 7 and Gregorie is 5.5 , and our six months were spent. We are still reliving our adventures every day. And sharing them here. And dreaming of more... always dreaming...]

Monday, September 21, 2009

Packing -- 9 Days Out

Today I spent hours mixing up all natural bug sprays and hand sanitizers.  I also mixed up some homemade all natural deodorant for myself -- to give it a try over the next week before I have to commit to not packing bottles of my beloved Weleda!  The house still smells like an experiment in aromatherapy!  Gregg washed our "jungle outfits" (basically linen/gauze long sleeve pants and shirts) in permethrin.  Let's just say, that stuff seems as toxic as DEET!  I think we'll launder the jungle outfits one time before wearing to reduce the concentration -- at this point I'm not sure what I fear more, mosquitoes/malaria or synthetic chrysanthemums. 

I also packed the girls clothes.  That was a task I dreaded.  We had planned on packing each of them into a regular "school size" LL Bean backpack.  How would I ever get everything they would need for 6 months into such a small bag?  Well, I laid it all out the bed -- the have-to-go's and the I'd-like-to-gos.   And I piled it up into two piles, one for each girl.  And I stuffed it in.  And it all fit!!!!  Yes, other than a rain jacket, fleece, and pair of hiking shoes for each (which are going into a mountain bag with the same for me), all that I wanted to take for them fit in the little bags!  YEAH!  I did realize that I left their two new suities (aka bathing suits), each, at the cabin.  HOW??? I went over that place a dozen times.  We'll live.  They have plenty of others.  

Gregg and I are still waging battles over the box of books (I need books, he wants to reduce weight on Elsie's shocks).  Stay tuned (or not, I'll win).  

I don't think this is a bad pile of luggage for a family of four on a six-month adventure! (Of course, it's just the clothes...)

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