We started packing our things a few days before the trip. I had purchased a can of permethrin spray to pretreat some of our hiking clothes as recommended by the travel clinic. I sprayed two sets of outfits for both Rob and myself on Monday after work. We let these dry overnight and completed the rest of the packing on Monday. We did pretty well fitting all of our things into a carry-on backpack each! Loki was doing his best to help me pack but he was actually just making it more difficult. On Wednesday I felt great about having all of my things packed so I decided to unpack when I got home from work, remove a few items, and repack again. I felt like I had probably packed too many clothes and would also want to wear the sweatshirt I had packed away. This freed up a little bit of space and I was actually able to put my stuff sack full of clothes into a smaller daypack and then add this to my backpack. The daypack will be handy to have for exploring during the day, especially for visiting Machu Picchu as we will want to stay hydrated.
Wednesday morning I got a text from Mandy: “The Sweeneys can’t go to Peru”. We were supposed to be travelling with some friends, but their passports were due to expire in 4 months, and Peru requires them to be valid 6 months after you leave the country. Surprise! After a LOT of back and forth over the course of a really busy workday, they ultimately decided to get expedited passports first thing Thursday morning. A 7:30 appointment an hour and a half away from a 9:21am flight. Maybe, but it’ll be tight!!
For our part, we were all set. We spent Wednesday night going over last minute items and relaxing on the couch. On our evening walk with Loki we stopped in at our friends’ house at the end of the street and left Loki there for safekeeping in our absence. It’s like his second home and he loves his vacations there because he gets to sleepover at his friends’ house. Thanks Weagles!
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
- Bilbo Baggins
We're just an adventure-loving couple with a puppy looking to share our stories with the world.