Still getting Ready to Depart

I am all packed, of course, while Jim is threatening to wait until the last minute. I guess tomorrow is the final packing day for him. What I hate most is realizing that I forgot something that might not be available at our destination. That is highly unlikely, since most things can be found world-wide. However, you never know…

We have a very long day and night of travel coming up. Tuesday, we are picked up at 1:30 AM to catch a 4:55 AM flight from Guadalajara to LA (4 hours). We then have a 5-hour layover before departing to Shanghai (approximately 14 hours). We have 4 hours in Shanghai and then fly again to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City (4 hours). If you are counting, that is about 31 hours total to get to Vietnam. Believe me, this is not for the faint of heart! The next trip won’t be so far away.

Pre-travel purchases over the years have included compression socks, comfortable travel clothes, neck pillows, tush pillows, sleeping pills (for Jim), jet lag pills (for me), my iPad filled with lots of reading material and podcasts, Jim’s Kindle, anti-diarrheal and tummy meds and hopefully some interesting movies to watch. Having my favorite cup of tea and a biscuit wouldn’t hurt either!

Our itinerary includes two days in Saigon, a day in Hue, two days in Danang and Hoi An, Halong to Hanoi for two days, then off to Siem Reap, Cambodia for three days before returning home. We have received many suggestions of places to go when we have free time and we will definitely look these up. We also have two boat trips, one in Halong Bay, Vietnam and another on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia.

No more entries until we are on our way. We can only take a maximum of 44 lbs in our checked bag and I only have 27 lbs now. Looks like there will be some shopping in my future. And, if need be, I will leave some tops along the way to make room for new finds. Shockingly, I am the shopper of the family. I have mementos from every place I have traveled, reminding me of the awesome destinations there are in the world. So long for now…

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