I used to be one of those people. I was that girl in class who had three different-colored pens and a highlighter – and I used all of them while taking notes. When I went on trips, I was packed and ready a week early. Doing things half-assed or last minute just wasn't my style.
Those days are no longer. I am a mess and, quite frankly, it is a miracle I am able to function on a day to day basis. My preparation for my trip to Asia (which starts this Saturday) has been lack-luster, at best. It seems you need 5 business days to get a visa from Vietnam. This lesson was learned with 2 business days left. So it looks like Vietnam has been removed from my itinerary. Then there are the vaccinations. I missed the deadline for Hepatitis A vaccination. My doctor was none too pleased and, consequently, I got a long lecture about properly washing my hands when traveling. Lucky me, I did make the deadline for a tetanus shot, now it just feels like someone punched my shoulder really hard.
Despite the set-backs, I think I have compensated well for my new and less-improved self during this last week. I have flights between Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I remembered to find a voltage converter and get passport photos for the other visas, which unlike Vietnam, you can get at the airport. I even made hotel reservations. Maybe there is still some of that girl still left in me.
It also looks like I will be carrying more weight in books than anything else, but, then again, I have always sucked at practical packing. Give me credit, I am only bringing one pair of heels. If that doesn't say self control, I don't know what does.