Thursday, October 2, 2014

Six months in SE Asia: Packing



Here is everything I will possess for the next six months of my life. 

This trip will be a lifestyle change for me in many ways. I am a notorious over-packer. I  like to have outfits for all occasions, including matching shoes and handbags. I look for excuses to dress up and I pack things "just in case." On this trip I am taking only what I can carry on my back (and carry on a plane). This will be a temporary hiatus from of my "Daily Style" posts and "Collections". I am not dressing to impress. I am dressing for comfort, convenience, and movement. I once vowed never to wear Crocs. I once vowed never to wear yoga pants outside of a gym. I once vowed never to be a "backpacker." 
I think it's time I stop making all these ridiculous vows. 

 After looking at a few other travelers' lists I consolidated to these items:

Large Backpack: Osprey Farpoint 55 (40L backpack)

  • Shoes 
    • Nikes for running
    • Crocs for the beach
    • Sseko sandals for the city
  • Tops
    • 4 tank tops
    • 2 short-sleeve shirts
    • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • Undergarments
    • 1 regular bra
    • 3 sports bras
    • 3 pajama boy shorts
    • 7 pairs of underwear
    • 3 pairs of socks
  • Outerwear
    • 1 dress
    • 1 light hoodie
    • 1 rain jacket
  • Bottoms
    • 2 pairs of knee-length cotton shorts (for working out or lounging around)
    • 1 pair of shorts (for the city)
    • 1 pair of long pants
    • 1 pair of yoga pants
  • Other
    • 2 swim suits
    • 2 headbands
    • 1 swim cap
    • 1 pair of goggles
    • 1 viser
    • 1 small towel

Large Backpack: Osprey Farpoint 55 (10L day pack)
  • Laptop
    • Laptop case
    • Laptop charger
  • Kindle
    • Kindle case
    • Kindle charger
  • Iphone
    • Iphone charger
  • Digital Camera (Canon S95)
    • camera case
    • camera charger
    • camera USB cable 
    • 2 16G memory sticks
  • Ipod
    • Ipod charger
  • Portable charger
  • Electrical outlet converters
  • external hard drive
  • Sony noise-cancelling headphones (for use on transportation)
  • Small sony headphones (for jogging)
  • medium size notebook
  • small pocket notebook
  • pens and pencils
  • Eye mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Business cards
  • Earplanes (for the airplane)
Not pictured:
  • Water bottle
  • Passport
  • Copies of passport
  • Copies of plane tickets, reservations, etc
  • Cash in USD
  • Driver's license and credit card


Toiletries case: E-bags pack-it-lat Toiletry kit
  • Toiletries
    • hairbrush 
    • hair ties
    • tweezers
    • small scissors
    • nail clippers
    • razor
    • tooth brush
    • tooth paste
    • dental floss
    • sunblock
    • soap
    • washcloth
    • black nail polish
    • contact lenses
    • bug spray
    • shampoo
    • conditioner
    • deodorant
    • tampons
  • Beauty
    • black eye brow liner
    • lip balm
    • blemish stick
  • Health products
    • homeopathic remedies
    • Nuun tablets
    • Ibuprofen
    • charcoal tablets
    • Malarone
    • pepto-bismal
    • Immodium
    • Dramamine
    • Zypan
    • cortisone
    • athlete's foot medicine
    • first-aid kit with bandaids and gauze
    • hand sanitizer

What I had to leave behind:
  • hair straightening iron
  • hair dryer
  • makeup 
  • shaving cream
  • jewelry
  • purses/handbags
  • books/magazines
  • dress shoes
  • real lingerie

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