It’s July 4th and we are declaring independence from our apartment and most of our belongings. When it came time to pack the car, I got that sinking feeling that we had ten pounds of junk to fit in a five pound car. Unbelievably, after a few hours we were able to fill up every available space in the car so that we could finally hit the road. We are planning on having less junk in our car by the time we leave the United States by dropping off extra clothes at our parents’ houses and giving things such as our extra bars of soap and aspirin bottles to friends on our way across the country. Having the car packed to the ceiling makes it hard to get up into the camper, let alone find anything. I think a good goal would be to hit the US-Mexico border with one third of the stuff we have now.