"Over-packing is the worst thing ever."

September 5, 2014

by Bella Richter de Medeiros

 

With just under three weeks on the countdown to the departure date, I have to start thinking about what I'm going to take with me on this trip. Packing isn't easy, especially when you have to pack a year's worth of things. You learn how to prioritize, since over-packing is the worst thing ever. We definitely over-packed on our France/Italy trip this summer, and I'm not going to let that happen again. 

 

Clothes 

 

Choosing what clothes I'm taking with me is really tough, because I have a very limited amount of space in my backpack for a year's worth of clothing. It's also difficult because I really like clothes; I love wearing stuff that makes me feel good about myself, and I pride myself in my collection of rad t-shirts. So, it's definitely a challenge to pick and choose very few items to pack. 

 

I consulted a few other travel blogs, searching for packing lists, and I found travelfashiongirl.com to be particularly helpful. She has excellent packing lists for almost every travel situation one can think of. I'm getting inspiration for my own lists from a combination of her RTW and "Maximista" packing lists. 

 

Tentative List: 

 

  • Tops (7): 

    • Simple fitted tanks (3) (grey, white, black) 

    • Simple t-shirts (3) 

    • Black fitted sweater 

  • Dresses (2) 

    • Maxi dress 

    • Short floral dress 

  • Bottoms (6): 

    • Pants (3) 

      • Cargo pants 

      • Jeans 

      • Black leggings 

    • Shorts (4) 

      • Denim shorts x2 

      • Athletic shorts 

      • Drapey/pajama shorts + legging shorts 

    • Skirt  

  • Outerwear (6): 

    • Rain jacket 

    • Thick hoodie 

    • Thin hoodie 

    • Down jacket 

    • Flannels (2) 

  • Undergarments/Swim: 

    • 2 regular bras 

    • 2 sports bras 

    • 8 undies (3 quick-dry for overnight washing/drying) 

    • 7 pairs of socks + 1 pair of slipper socks 

    • 1 bikini 

    • 1 one-piece competition suit 

  • Misc/Accessories: 

    • 1 kanga ("sarong" in English) 

    • 2 pairs of tights 

    • 1 bandana 

  • Shoes 

    • 1 pair of flip flops 

    • 1 pair of hiking boots/athletic shoes 

    • 1 pair of Converse tennis-shoes 

    • 1 pair of black ballet flats 

 

 

Toiletries 

 

For toiletries, I'm thinking that I'm going to just bring a carry-on-sized plastic baggie of emergency toiletries and toiletries that I'm not sure are available, and then buy small toiletries in the places we travel to. We're never staying in any one place for less than a week, which is plenty of time to make sure that none of the newly-bought toiletries go to waste. 

 

Tentative List: 

 

  • Carry-on Plastic Bag: 

    • Deodorant 

    • Travel-size toothpaste 

    • Face lotion 

    • Face wash 

    • Tea tree oil 

    • Chapstick 

    • Travel-size body wash 

    • Hand sanitizer 

  • Other small toiletry bag: 

    • Monthly supplies 

    • Toothbrush 

    • 10 hair ties 

    • 1 elastic headband 

    • 1 jaw clip 

    • 3 corkscrew hair pins 

    • Travel-sized hair comb 

 

Cosmetics 

 

I don't wear a lot of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so cosmetics are not going to be a huge part of my list. I usually wear eyeliner and mascara every day, but when we're in Macchu Picchu (Peru) or Krueger Park (South Africa), for example, I won't have time for makeup. 

 

Tentative list: 

 

  • Eyeliner 

  • Mascara 

  • Lipstick 

  • Concealer  

  • Makeup-removing wipes

 

We have packed a few boxes of clothing to send to my family in Brazil, since we are going to be living there for three months. While we're in Brazil, we'll have time and room for a much larger wardrobe, so we won't be living as backpackers there. This is definitely a trial and error situation.

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