We’re less than a week away from the big trip, which means that I am spending almost every waking minute thinking about what I need to do to get ready. Last night I took my first malaria pill. I’ll take one every week for 7 weeks. I’ve taken these once before, and I remembered that they can give you some pretty vivid dreams. Last night was no exception. I didn’t have any crazy dreams, but everything was very focused, almost like I was watching a movie.
What I didn’t remember about these pills was that they can give you a bit of an anxiety attack. This morning, I became extremely stressed and anxious and then realized that it was a side effect of the pill I took last night. Thankfully it was over pretty quickly. It seems that the malaria pill affects me for about 12 hours. The next one I take will be on the flight over to Ethiopia. Hopefully I’ll be sleeping through most of it!
Packing has turned out to be somewhat of a challenge because we are encouraged not to check a bag if at all possible. I’m doing my best to pack lightly, but I want to make sure to bring plenty of gluten-free snacks just to be safe. Today I stopped by the Gluten Free Country Store, an independent store in Gilbert to stock up. What I love about this store, even more than the great selection of gluten-free food, is the personal service. I walked in, told the owner what I was stocking up for, and he came up with all kinds of ideas.
I grabbed some travel bags of peanuts and almonds,
two kinds of gluten-free corn nuts (who doesn’t love corn nuts for travel?),
pretzels, apple chips, and a few bars.
I also grabbed some sausage and jerky,
and four “Go Picnic” boxes. I was excited to find these because I had seen them advertised and thought they were a great idea for traveling. These will be perfect if I don’t feel comfortable with the airline meals, or if I get stuck somewhere without gluten-free food.
Then, just because I had never seen them before and had been looking for well over a year, I grabbed a bag of chocolate tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good. They were everything I had imagined them to be. Yum.
I also made a stop at Costco to pick up some more Mrs. Mays Trio Bars, some dried apricots, and some gluten-free nut clusters. I think I should be set!
Now to get it all to fit in a carry-on…