This Week’s Prompt: Suitcase

When you pull a suitcase out of your closet, or lug it out of your dusty storage area, or carefully slide it off the top of your wardrobe without giving yourself a concussion, what emotions do you feel?  Excited that a new adventure is here?  Dread that you have to pack yet again?

“Suitcase” is not a simple word for us, is it?  It comes with a load of… baggage (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).

This week we want to talk through the issues involved in our global nomad lifestyle, because we all know there’s a lot of them, right?

But also we want this week to be fun and practical and helpful!

Raise your hand if you moved overseas feeling absolutely clueless as to what you needed to bring in your suitcase.

How many of you were handed a list that said, “YOU WILL NEED THESE ITEMS.  PUT THEM IN YOUR SUITCASE”? I know I never got that list.

What if Velvet Ashes rallied together to put together a resource for all the women who are to follow us?  What if each of us made out a simple packing list of the items needed for living in each of our countries/regions?  Do you know how many countries that would be??  Do you know how amazing it would be for women moving overseas to find a master packing list where they simply click on the country that they are moving to and find out what to put in their suitcase?  Yes, I think you know exactly how amazing that would be.

So, here’s what you need to do:

1.  Make a packing list of items that people should bring when moving to your area of the world.

2.  Be sure to include your country’s name and the city, if you can.  Otherwise include the type of area that you live in (example: small town, rural Thailand)

3. If you have a blog, post it on your blog and link it up at The Grove beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

4.  If you don’t have a blog, you can add your packing list as a comment at The Grove.  Or you can email it to us at submissions (at) velvetashes (dot) com.

Here’s what we’ll do:

We’ll compile your lists and make a master list of links according to country, so that people moving to the field can learn what they need to put in their suitcase.

Take all that valuable know-how you’ve been gaining and let’s offer it to others!


P.S.  You can also link up your blog posts that don’t include packing lists at The Grove this week.  We know there’s lots to talk about when it comes to “Suitcase.”


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