So I spent the better part of the past two-days either packing or visiting. Packing isn’t difficult, it’s just draining.
When I looked down at the pile of clothes I made, it just didn’t seem like enough. I found myself thinking “Hm, well I guess I could pack one more shirt just in case…” but then the traveller inside me would scream “DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!”.
I’ve never really been known as a light packer. Don’t get me wrong, after all the cross-country moves I’ve done I’ve gotten better, but this was a challenge. I used to pack a 50 pound bag for a one-week trip to see my Dad. He would always look at me like I was crazy, and he was right: I barely touched more than half the things in my suit case.
Anyways, I’m just estimating, but I am 95% certain the bag weighs less than 25 pounds. Is that good in “backpacker-travel” standards? I don’t really know–but I can pick my bag up with one arm no-problem, so I think that’s a good sign!
What I Packed
- 4 tank tops (1 “dressier”)
- 3 T-shirts (long and short-sleeved)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 summer-dress
- 2 Merino Wool sweaters
- 2 pairs of jeans (1 light, 1 dark)
- 1 zip-away type pants
- 1 pair of lu lu lemons (guilty pleasure)
- 1 jacket
- 1 hoodie
- 1 “nice” sweater
- 2 bras
- underwear/socks (obviously!)
- PJs (shorts and a long t-shirt)
- 1 bathing suit
- DRY conditioner/shampoo (Lush Cosmetics)
- Small bottle Body-wash
- 1 bottle spray leave-in-conditioner (I NEED IT!)
- bandaids/polysporine (I’m really clumsy)
- Hair elastics/bobby-pins
- baby-wipes (in a baggy–great for washing your face)
- Vanilla spray (I have to smell good if I’m going to make friends)
- Q-tips (a few in a baggy)
- Fluff-book (Thanks Heather for the Harlequin Romance)
- iPod/iPhone and ear-phones (and charger)
- Flip-flops (for the showers)
- Pillow-case (recommended by Heather-It’s always a comfort knowing what your head is laying on)
- Sandals (small, cheap ones, for going out)
- Walking shoes (wearing on the plane)
- Camera and charger
- Bounce dryer sheets (make my smelly-stuff smell good)
- Plastic bags (put away dirty-laundry/anything wet)
- Sandwich bags (so many uses)
- 1 water-bottle (the deflatable kind)
The obvious essentials:
- photo-copies of my documents (a couple hidden in my carry-on and my bag as well as one I left at home)
- Eurail Pass
- Confirmation numbers
- Address for my hostel
I’m pretty sure that’s it. The list may seem long, but once it’s all compacted in your bag, it’s not. I put a lot of my things in small plastic-bags (sandwich bags) and then put them all in one large zip-loc bag so it’s easy to dig out every night at the hostel.
Of the above items I packed the following in my carry-on:
- 1 pair of underwear
- The obvious essentials
- 1 pair of socks
- 1 flannel blanket (not in my list of things, only because it was given to me by a very friendly west-jet employee my last flight home, so I plan on only keeping it for the flight).
- My book
And there you have it! I think it’s a fairly good list of things, and if I arrive and go “Sh*t, I should have packed _____” or “Fack, I wish I didn’t even bother packing _____”, I’ll let you know!
P.S. I AM SO EXCITED!