Welp, we’d just have to find other storage. Not so bad. We decided to figure that out when we got there. We had enough on our hands just figuring out how to get there. We were able to secure seats on a 24 hour bus from Vientiane to Hanoi (Yay! Back up the ladder!), but there were some hurdles.
One - we hadn't anticipated spending money on a bus ride to Vientiane, as well as another night's accommodation in the city before our bus left the next day. This meant we had about $10 in Laos Kip left to get us through the next 36 hours. We'd learned that Kip cannot be exchanged once we left Laos, so we decided to stretch the money instead of taking out more and paying the ATM fee. Fairly certain that snacks weren't included on our upcoming trip (they weren't), we used our ten dollars in Kip to buy one last meal of noodles, and some apples, crackers, and water for the trip. Fingers were crossed that that would sustain us through to Hanoi.
Two - we had to find the bus and survive the trip, which according to everything we read, was no small task. Even our e-ticket came with a warning that the bus could be below our expectations.