I had 48hrs before my flight to the DR so I packed. Packed for Latin America, packed for South Africa, and packed for Alaska. It was crazy but fun.
This continual pattern of packing, unpacking, and repacking always gives me time to reflect on what is most important in my life. Each time I go through this process, I find that less is more and create piles of things that will not continue with me. It is freeing and it is balancing and I still have more than I need.
Still, I can’t help but love packing lists. I’ve included mine below and hope it’s helpful. The list is mostly based on experience. For example, I don’t love wearing jeans on hot weather but I find that most women in Latin America wear (really tight) jeans all the time, so I add them to the pile. Also, yoga pants are good 24/7. I can’t imagine leaving home without them.
- On my feet:
keen H20 newports
minimalist running shoes
1 pair wool socks
- On my body:
3 tshirts (cotton, techwick)
2 techwik tank tops
2 cotton long sleeve (cotton, wool)
1 techwik zip up
1 lightweight down jacket
3 pair shorts (jeans, synthetic, running)
2 pair pants (jeans, yoga)
1 yoga capri
- For sleep
silk sleep sack
earplugs and face mask
camera + charger + memory cards
mp3 player/reader + headphones + charger
laptop + charger
- Other stuff I think is important and don’t travel without
first aid kit
book to read/trade
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
George S. Patton