I have been getting rid of a lot of stuff and getting a few things here and there for the trip so I can break them in before I go. My first purchase was a pair of Merrell sandals and my second and third were a couple pair of cargo pants from old navy, which I will probably only bring one with me, I just need pants for work because I ripped my last pair of pants last week. The one pair is dressy enough to be business casual so I can wear it to work. The other is not as nice but much more durable feeling. It is great for walking on the trail with my dog.
However, I bought a pair of pants I really love at Columbia Sportswear Outlet at Premium Outlets Orlando (the ones near Disney World). They line is called Omni-Shield Blood and Guts and I was actually looking for a shirt, which I also bought. After Ni and I laughed a bit at this, I had to look up why they are called Blood and Guts. It does make sense for me to wear something stain resistant and that releases stains easily because I tend to get dirty sitting on a bench twiddling my thumbs. I am not sure how it happens, but stains find me. This line is actually a fishing line of clothes, makes sense for cleaning all those fish or messing around with the bait.
I really like these because they are roomier (yes a little baggier not as “cute”) so that when I am trying to lift my leg climbing up steps, or hopefully boulders and rocks in my future, there is enough give that I am not worried about tearing something. I could have gotten away with a size smaller, but I like them at this size. Also because it is looser they are much cooler. It is only in the upper 70s and low 80s here and it is already a nice relief to have breathable pants. They are also super light weight and plenty long and will pack nicely. The pants are convertible and have a nice length. They are not too long and not hot pants short, hard to find in women’s shorts sometimes. The legs zip on and off easily and there are two normal pockets in the front of the pants that are mesh and one zip pocket on the left leg about mid thigh and one button clasp pocket on the other side. I really like the position of the pockets because they are not too low and they are a bit lower than normal pockets so they are not pulled as snug when I am squatting down or sitting. I bought the like khaki color.
The shirt is also super light weight, which I was particularly looking for so that when I go to India I have a cool light weight shirt that has long sleeves. Don’t want to be that trampy girl with the short sleeves. Also, long sleeves are required at some of the Ashrams I want to stay at. The sleeves roll up and have a clasp that clasps just above the elbows for a shorter look. The back has a mesh ventilation panel. It is dual tone and I bought the orange and grey version which is not on the website in women’s sizes. If they had the turquoise I would have bought it, but the outlet store only had orange and white in long sleeve. I was so happy to find this line runs a little bigger because I have a need for wider shoulders and a bigger bust. However the reviews for the shirt are very unhappy about this because people buying size xs were swimming in it. Take from that what you want. My favorite part, out of pure humor, is that there is horizontal zippered pocket right over each breast. It am not sure what I am supposed to put there, but at least I will know if someone tries to steal anything out of it ;-).
I have only wore then for two days. I will let you know if my view changes. If I lose much more weight I might need to get a size smaller on the pants. I would never fit in a size smaller on the shirt because of my shoulders. The outlet mall is cheaper than I think every link I checked online also.
The only big things left are a pair of hiking shoes, if I buy them now, I might just bring my running shoes and get buy with those until I need a pair of hiking boots and can get more opinions from people, and a pack.
Things I would like but I am waiting on garage sale $s to come back because they are not necessary:
- Wifi Memory card
- Tablet or book reader (I am thinking nook tablet with an SD card that can boot full Android though with ICS coming out maybe I should wait)
- A new computer (I probably will not right now but maybe instead of a tablet or reader especially if I could get one of the ultrabooks).
- A new unlocked phone (which is getting closer and closer to the necessity list)
- New DSLR camera. I still shoot with a point and shoot. I am not sure I want to travel with tons of stuff for the camera though.I have even thought I might want to get a smaller point and shoot. I saw someone with a nice small point and shoot Olympus that also had detachable lenses the other day though…
Any other thoughts on what I should pack?
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