12 Hours till Takeoff

It’s been difficult saying goodbyes over the past few days, but it has made me realize that I have a lot people in my life that care and I’m going to miss you all! Thanks to everyone who took me out to lunch, dinner, for drinks, etc.

My flight leaves for Philadelphia at 8:30 am. I’m all packed and ready to go! Here is the rundown of what I’m bringing:

Hiking backpack
Rolling Duffel bag
20 Pairs of cotton underwear
3 T-shirts
Business casual outfit
Pair of shorts
5 Pairs of socks
Workout/exercise outfit
Hat for the sun
Lightweight waterproof jacket
2 Pairs of slacks/pants
2 Collar short sleeve shirts
3 Undershirts
Pair of board shorts
Pair of hiking pants 
Pair of dress shoes
Pair of durable sandals
Pair of sneakers
Pair of running shoes
Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss
4 Deodorant sticks
Towel (camp towel preferable)
Nail clippers/tweezers
2 Bar soap
2 Bar shampoo
14 Sunglasses (giving these away)
Bottle lotion
Face wash
Wash cloth/loofah
SPF 50 
2 Flash drives
Ipod touch w/ headphones
Outlet adapter and voltage converter
2 Headlamps
Chargable batteries with charger
External hard drive
Mini Tripod
Solar cell
Small fry pan
50 Ziplock bags
2 Nalgenes
Roll of duct tape
Multitool knife
3 Journals
Thermarest compressible pillow
Set of earplugs
3 Pens
Voice Recorder
10 Passport photos
Picture of family
Coffee grounds
Coffee Press

Right now I’m weighing in at 40 lbs for my duffel bag and 22 lbs for my hiking backpack. I planned to come in under the Peace Corps maximum baggage weight limit of 80 lbs, but a total of 62 lbs makes me worry that I’m forgetting something. Time to go double-check.


About Ryan

I'm serving in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer for 27 months. View all posts by Ryan

4 responses to “12 Hours till Takeoff


    Hi Ryan,
    I’ve never really read a blog before (sheesh!), let alone leave a comment on one. But, here goes – At church today, our congregation said a prayer, asking God to watch over you and help you do your work and bring you safely home when you are finished.

    We are so proud of you – what an adventure! We will be following your journey – thanks for sharing your blog.


    Aunt Carol, Uncle Mark,
    Grace, and Matthew

  • Paul

    Nice blog, Jamico! I’m looking forward to following your adventures on here and will definitely be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    P.S. I hope some of that online shopping was done at biglots.com 🙂

  • Keyur Parikh

    Oh man, looks like you’re missing a machete on that list. Guess I know what to ship you now…

  • Gary Amico

    Hi Ryan –

    Have a safe trip. Our prayers are with you and we are really proud of you. Our whole family will be following you through this journey.
    Uncle Gary, Sarah, Julian and Roman

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