So, today was the day where I decided that it was high time to attempt to put my growing pile of stuff into a suitcase. I went into the attic and retrieved a possible suitcase. I then managed to fit most of the stuff on the spare bed into said suitcase. Success! Upon going downstairs and announcing this to my mother however, discovering that I had packed the *small* red bag, she said that she didn’t think I had enough stuff…we will be reviewing the suitcase contents tomorrow morning. And, following the discovery of a few clothes on the airer, definitely choosing a bigger bag…I suppose a bag that is small enough to be hand luggage is a little ambitious for a six month trip.

Attempt 1… overflow and hand-luggage items to the right!