Back at home, I realize that most of the packing I’ve already done should probably be redone. One suitcase is dedicated to costuming, and contains wigs, makeup, 3 pairs of shoes that have all been test-worn to make sure they’re comfy, 3 costumes (2 dresses and one coat-and-pants outfit in case it rains), a glue gun, needle and thread, zip ties, varied types of plug adapters, some small hand tools…anything I can think of that might be useful for build/tear down as well as costume repair and daily haunt work.
I keep reminding myself that this is not China, that I’ll be able to buy things if I need them.
I keep ignoring that rational part of my brain and rethinking everything I’ve already packed.
The other suitcase contains day to day needs. Clothing for down time, work clothing, sunblock, hats, pain killers, bandages, protein bars, antacids, Zip Fizz…I keep rechecking the weight of the suitcase, reconsidering the contents, adding stuff, taking stuff out..
Bones tolerates the chaos very well. Because the man is a saint.
Several trips to the thrift store later, I’m pretty sure I’m as prepared as I’m gonna get. Maybe. Probably.
My carry-on contains,among other small items, yet another pair of shoes and a power converter with an adapter plug. This is something that completely confused me on my China trip, and so I’m overcompensating this time around. I think most of us know that the electricity in the US is 110V and 220V pretty much everywhere else. Which means you need to buy a power converter. However, the outlets are also different, so you also need a plug converter. When I went to China, I only bought the plug converter…and honestly, when you do a search on ‘power converter’ on Amazon, you get more plug converters than power converters, so I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s not purchased both parts of the needed system.
Additionally in China, we had power surges and people using the converters that didn’t really know how to use them…so we had lots of fried equipment. The trick with converters is to get one that will handle the wattage you plan to use…so you have to take a look at the electronics you’re bringing and figure out how strong a converter you need to purchase. If you underestimate your wattage need, that’s when your electronics get destroyed. After a lot of thought and looking at my budget, I decided I really didn’t need to bring a hair dryer or flat iron, so a 100 watt converter would probably be fine, and I already had a plug adapter.
I actually can’t find a pic of my adapter, but it looks sorta like this. I purchased this power converter, which is a heavy lil’ guy, so I packed it in my carry-on bag, and while it could handle my glue gun, it probably couldn’t have handled a hairdryer. I liked the USB port on it, because it meant we could charge multiple things at one time. That said, if all you’re worried about is keeping your celphone charged, you could totally buy something like this and make your life much easier.
In the days leading up to my departure date, I obsess about supermarkets and food prices and how the guys don’t seem nearly as concerned as I am but I’m on a super tight budget and I am WORRIED and B1 told us to do it THIS WAY and maybe no one but me intends to do that and maybe I can get a slick little ‘buy from us and we’ll give you deals’ card from the stores but oh I can’t get that mailed to me in time and maybe I shouldn’t bring so MANY shoes but I’m so scared my plantar fasciitis might flare and that’s a hell I just don’t want to ever face again ever and is that really strong enough sunblock and…
Proof of Bones’ sainthood is that he didn’t strangle me during those final days of preparation.