By admin on February 23, 2012 in Blogs

I’ve begun packing. Visits to the doctor’s office have led to prescriptions for Dukoral (an oral vaccine against cholera and traveler’s diarrhea), a scopalamine patch for sea-sickness (witches used this drug to create feelings of “flying” and communicating with god back in the day – where did those days go?), and the usual precautionary bottle of Cipro, vitamins and such to keep oneself alive out of one’s home.

More interesting are questions like: How long does a bar of soap last? Or a tube of toothpaste for that matter? And like with all things, I turned to the Internet for answers. The very fact that the internet will answer almost any question makes me realize that I don’t have a single unique thought or idea in my head. Anything I can think of, has probably been done. The Internet is merely the way we can confirm this suspicion easily now.

In case you are wondering, the average bar of soap lasts between 3-5 weeks, assuming daily usage in the general vicinity of hygiene. A 4 oz tube of toothpaste will last about four weeks as well. With such measures, one can begin to pack. SATA, the airline of the Azores, allows a generous 50 kg in its checked in baggage section. The danger is that I might actually try to reach that limit with hiking boots, walking poles, books (eternal boon/bane) and clothes. Clothes for dry weather and wet, for town and country, for sea and land. Watch this space. If I become a homebody, it’ll be fun to look back at the grand plans and trunks I packed for this trip!

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