One of the challenges was fitting everything inside the bags. It wasn't easy. After I packed one of the bags, I noticed a rip at the seams. I'm not sure if I ripped it or if the rip was already there. I had just purchased this bag yesterday, so I unpacked the bag and brought it back to the store to exchange it. I repacked successfully without any tears.
Once I packed the bags I had to weigh them to make sure they didn't exceed 50lbs. Both bags are under 50lbs with a few pounds to spare. Keeping the bags under this weight wasn't difficult which surprised me.
I'm glad I'm packed. Now I can concentrate on other last minute details. Today is my last full day at home. Tomorrow I leave bright and early for the airport dragging along my two almost-50lb bags and my carry-on. I just hope they arrive intact to Zambia...preferably at the time I arrive there.