Whether you are adopting domestically or internationally, you may end up traveling for your adoption. There’s nothing more frustrating than showing up to take custody of your child and finding that you didn’t pack an essential. Whether you can get the item in the location in which you find yourself or not, it’s always easier to have things at hand rather than have to find them in a city that is unfamiliar.
By the time you read this, we will be in Addis Ababa, figuring out just what we forgot to pack. Even though we have lists and lists and more lists of what we need to bring along, we have probably forgotten something. I try not to stress too much about this prior to departure. If we have done our job well, we will have only forgotten things we can buy in Ethiopia. To make things easier, I break things up into categories and make a list for each category that suits our needs. Things we do not use every day or that are unique to adoption travel get packed as soon as I get the suitcases out, which is sometimes weeks before we actually travel. Each family’s needs will be slightly different depending on the circumstances of the adoption; this is a place to start.