One of the reasons it's also difficult for me is that I really have no idea what it's going to be like in Rwanda. I feel like I'm one of the women whose fiancee tells them to pack for a certain type of destination (beach, mountains, etc) and then surprises them after the wedding with where the honeymoon destination is. Except in my case, my fiancee keeps telling me conflicting advice about what to bring and is being a total jerk about weight requirements.
The Peace Corps volunteers already in Rwanda have been really wonderful at answering our questions about what we can and can't find in-country, but my initial hopes of being able to pack my entire house into a suitcase have been quashed. I know there's going to be things I wish I brought, and things I totally didn't need to bring. I'll probably write a post in about a month about what a consumeristic a-hole I was to think I needed all of this stuff. What's hard is trying to reason through my packing list. If i can't fit 4 packs each of dramamine and ibuprofen in my suitcase, should I take 2 of each, or will I be more likely to get motion sickness than have a headache, and therefore take 3 of the dramamine and only 1 of the ibuprofen? I know, I know, I'm over-thinking it. See the "I'm OCD about leaving anything behind" part.
And different Peace Corps volunteers obviously have different preferences and advice about what to bring. Some value tents. Some value having a sleeping bag. Based on what my packing mound looks like right now, I value chocolate (actually, food in general) and not getting sunburned.
That's all for now, folks.
My song of the moment: Roam by the B52s