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I have been panicking like a crazy thing over the past couple of days. As I may have mentioned in my earlier entries, I'm getting ready to leave for Japan on July 24th. The mandatory pre-departure orientation is on the 23rd, and while I haven't finished all of my packing yet (or even pulled everything that I need out of my drawers to put into my suitcases), I'm equally worried about my mom moving out by the end of August. I know that if I just leave my stuff as is, I'll lose a ton of books and various knick-knacks that are pretty important to me, so I've been trying to figure out what to do with them.

One of my friends has offered to hold onto some of my books, which is reassuring -- but I'm wondering if it might be more sensible to put some boxes into storage instead. And then there's the question of how many books I'm going to bring with me to Japan. I doubt I'll bring much manga with me (after all, it's not exactly in short supply there), but what about all the books I've grown up with, from the novels I bought in high school to the illustrated hardcover stories I received as gifts from family friends as a kid? I don't want to pack too much, but at the same time, I don't want to forget anything that I might regret later.

The kicker is that we're only allowed to bring two suitcases with us, so it's not like I can cram the entire thing with books and be done with that. Decisions, decisions; I'm going to have to give this issue some more thought, and fast.

on 2010-07-18 05:26 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cyanwitch
Only two suitcases? :/ That's not very much, for such a long time to stay. I dunno what advice to give you, really, other than not to worry! Because um, things will work out fine. And storage is good to look into!

And you'll be fiiiiiiiiiiine. ♥ Just be excited, not stressed, kay? <--useless advice, whoo!

on 2010-07-18 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] branchandroot
Ah, yes, i remember this dilemma from Foreign Study (six months, two cases, agony of decision). Putting some boxes of books in storage is probably a really good idea, especially the sentimental-value stuff.

You can also, if you have a little extra money, ship some stuff to yourself at surface rates as soon as you have a delivery address. It takes a few weeks, and you'll have to ship it back the same way, but I did that on my return trip and it worked out pretty well. Don't send anything breakable, but books should be fine.

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