Picture 1: Contact solution, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, soap, extra toothbrush, deodorant, hand sanitizer, mini-notebooks, North Dakota postcards, North Dakota pencils, and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.

Picture 2: Magazines, eight boxes of Junior Mints, and the following books: What Was Asked of Us: Oral Histories, Not That You Asked, Blue Highways, Walden, Heaven’s Coast, a China travel Guide, and Lost on Planet China.

Picture 3: Umbrella, Post-it notes, gum, phone cards, a lock, battery charger, gnome, converter, shaving kit, coffee-bean grinder, French press, measuring cups, traveling coffee mug, and external hard drive.

I’m a little nervous about fitting it all into two suitcases and one carry-on (along with clothes and shoes), so if you have any tips let me know.

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