Packing, packing & packing.
I started packing this evening (well I guess it was more like yesterday if you count me pulling all of my clothes out of my dresser and arranging them by type on my bedroom floor, pulling all of my other effects that I had been accumulating for the journey - already lying on the floor, to another pile on a different bit of floor). I have my passport and cameras and all of the things that go along with them, and lots of books and a hat that says "EXPLORE!" on it that I received many years ago with a subscription to the long dead EXPLORE! magazine which always inspired me to want to travel... so even though I don't wear hats very much, I'm going to take it, as a symbolic gesture as much as anything (I'm afraid the amount room in my luggage won't allow for too many symbolic gestures though).
It's looking to me like my carry on and checked luggage will be at least respectably full with what I have now... clothes and books taking up the checked suitcase and camera and computer stuff pretty well occupying the carry on. The problem is I'm supposed to bring my own bedding too... and I have no idea where that will go now... so I may end up having to bring an extra duffel bag as checked luggage... but all seems to be going reasonably smoothly... so far.