All I Need…

Did you ever see the movie The Jerk? 

In one of the scenes Steve Martin is being kicked out of his mansion.  As he leaves he picks up everything that he can carry in his arms, from a phone to an ashtray to a chair while repeating “all I need is this phone, and this…”

As I pack for Ghana I feel like Steve Martin going through every room in my house, believing all I need is …well…EVERYTHING! 

Yet, I am reminded of my move to Hawaii.

When I left Portland Oregon in 1999 there were five things I thought I could never live without.

  1. car
  2. washer & dryer
  3. dishwasher
  4. microwave
  5. television

Yet when I got to Hawaii, I didn’t have any of those things.  Guess what?  I survived. 

As you can see from the 1/8 of my Ghana packing pile, I still have things I think I can’t live without. 

I know, I know!   It isn’t all going to fit in the 2 suitcases and 1 carryon that I am allowing myself – to pack 5 months of my life into.  Shoots!  One whole suitcase could be shoes alone!

So I ask you, what are the things you couldn’t live without?

Well, wish me luck – and light suitcases or a really nice gate agent!Image


  1. “The paddle game and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches for sure.”

    Yay for The Jerk! Good luck, safe travels! (I just noticed you’re bringing bottles of energy, that’s brilliant.)

    1. I’d carry a phone,laptop,camera & some makeup (just in case there isnt any Mac store; in Ghana)) Btw, have you checked the list from past volunteer Michelle Wobker – its up on Yammer!

  2. Hi Mea! We have a Ghana list of items on the PULSE volunteer teamsite (from the Bonsasso/Kumasi Ghana area from 2011-2012). Definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen! I’m really glad I had the powdered sunscreen for frequent application on my face (Peter Thomas Roth or Bare Minerals makes good ones and you can’t get it in Ghana!) A headlamp/flashlight also came in handy often. My iphone was a life-saver there since I could get wifi in a lot of places. Best of luck!

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