I’ve done a fair amount of research in regards to what one should park on a large trip. Everyone said to pack as lightly as possible, which makes sense… but I feel like I might have a bit of a hard time. I personally cannot wear the same outfit for four months. It’s too ridiculous for me to even consider. That being said, I definitely do not plan to pack as I usually do (heavy and as much as possible). I went to jamaica with 20+ outfits. We were there like 6-7 days… definitely a bit overkill.
So in order to help myself be organized, and help future travellers/backpackers, here is what I plan to bring on my BIG TRIP! (If you haven’t read about it already, click and give it a read!) 🙂
Please note – the links will send you to the site that I plan to purchase the products from/have already purchased from. 🙂
Bags and containers
- I have a large 65L backpack (I bought at MEC, its called Brio) and plan on using it. I had it in Jamaica and really didn’t need such a pack for our trip…but I am glad I invested the money.
- I also plan to bring my super ugly fanny pack, again from MEC. I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to have everything of value right by your genitals. You will definitely know if someone is reaching for your region… so it’s great to deter thieves and pick-pockets.
- Plastic cosmetics travelling set. Great for airports, less container waste, easily accessible, and cheap!
- A soap travel case. Trust me! You dont want to have to use it and then wait for it to dry before you can put it away again.
- Waterproof shoe bag. I imagine there are going to be times where our shoes are soaked and we will probably want to avoid having to put them in our bags. Reusable is always better than a plastic bag (or whatever), and it won’t leak if flipped around.
- Electronics case. Just a small case that will hold all of the electronics and cabling so nothing is left behind.
- Packing Cubes. This was highly recommended by just about every travel packing video I watched, and it makes sense. Easily divide your clothing/stuff into containers, so that you just have to grab the container rather than having to sort through your entire luggage.
- 7 outfits – this is going to be extremely tough for me. Seven shirts (not seven long sleeve and seven short sleeve and seven tank tops either by the way), Seven bottoms (we’re talking pants, leggings, shorts, skirts, etc.), 7 undies, etc.
- 3 pairs of shoes – a good pair of Vegan hiking shoes, a decent pair of flats and flip flops.
- Windbreaker jacket – I purchased a baubax jacket, which comes with all sorts of features like built in gloves, neck pillow, etc.
- Ipad mini
- Ipad mini case with keyboard
- Camera (we have a Fujifilm XP70, waterproof)
- Headphones (2 sets – over the ear and buds)
- Photocopy of passport and other important documents.
Covers and Blankets
- 1 blanket (I need at least one always, no matter what the weather.)
- Yoga mat
- Travel Sheet (as I imagine there are going to be some beds that could use a cover)
Food & vegan-ness
There are going to be times that vegan food might not be accessible. For that reason, I am planning to pack the following dried goods:
- Box of Vega One Nutritional Shakes (Box of 10 single-serve packages)
- 7 Day Backpacking Meal Combo from Outdoorherbivore.com > 21 meals that only need hot water! at 5.35$/meal, it’s reasonably priced and is fairly lightweight.
- Revive H2O water bottle & filter. Filters 1500 L of water, requires no energy and is instant. Will definitely help out in the times that we do not have access to only bottled water. Only 30$ vs. paying for bottled water… worth the price in my opinion.
- Travel Utensils – I like this Spork!
Cosmetics and “body care” (still unknown on the exact quantities)
- Coconut Oil
- Homemade sunscreen
- Regular sunscreen
- Baking soda
- Lemon, tea tree, Citronella, Peppermint & lavender essential oils
- White vinegar
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- 2 Bars of Soap
- 1 Hair curler (for my bangs)
- Deodorant (not sure what brand as of yet)
- Some bobby pins
- A few hair elastics
This obviously isn’t every single thing I plan on bringing – but I just wanted to share my loose plans to show others what kinds of things that are potentially required. I’ve seen posts that suggest a lot less items, but I am just going off of what I feel comfortable having and not having. Let me know what you think, and if I forgot anything!