Packing 101: Hers

Living out of a backpack for three months

Mastering the art of packing is hard when you’re a girl trying to pack for a 3-month trip. Not only am I limited to one backpack, but I also have to make sure my clothes are appropriate for winter and summer.

We already covered most overall essentials in the Packing for Long-Term Travel post. However, there are many details that are needed in a girl’s bag that go beyond basics.

Packing Bags
Along with my backpack, I am traveling with a tote for easy access to essentials.

Backpack

Can’t stress enough how important it is to choose the right pack. I went with the Osprey Porter 46 and must say I am very pleased with this bag. After trying on Daniel’s Tortuga bag, which was about 3x the size of my torso, I decided to go with this Osprey instead. The bag itself has a lot of space but still fits carry-on specs. It also has several pockets to keep things organized.

Clothes

Organizing all my clothes was extremely easy after I decided to use packing cubes. Definitely recommend them.

  • 2 Under Armour Shirts – base layers, 1 black, 1 white.
  • Black pants – jean-ish material but thin enough to dry quickly.
  • Stretchy jeans
  • Warm joggers – wearing this on the plane and hoping it’s as good as it seems for the trip! Cozy and warm.
  • Jean Shorts – for the hotter weather during the last month.
  • Wool pantyhose – could be worn alone, with shorts, or under pants.
  • Wool over-the-knee socks
  • 3 Pairs of polyester socks
  • 1 Pair of pantyhose – to wear with shorts or under pants.
  • 3 Beanies – for the sake of color and fashion.
  • 2 Scarves – one black, one pink/orangy.
  • 2 Shawls – one black, one flowery – these are more versatile since they can be used as cover-ups in hotter weather (in case we visit any religious sites.)
  • 2 Flannels – for warmth and layering.
  • Striped fleece sweater – cozy and warm.
  • 3 T-shirts – black, white, pink.
  • 3 Tank tops – 1 black, 2 white.
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear – enough for seven days.
  • 2 Bras – 1 black, 1 white.
  • Waterproof boots – went for these Uggs boots, which will probably be on my feet most of the time.
  • White Converse – these will stay in my bag until it gets too hot to wear boots.
  • Flip-flops – for showering.
  • Black winter coat – I will wear this most of the time and will have to deal with carrying it during the summer.

Toiletries

The heaviest contents in my pack.

Toiletries

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Mousse – ridiculous, I know but try taming my hair.
  • Body lotion
  • Facial scrub
  • Mini Philosophy facial moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Bar of Dove soap & plastic holder – I’m weird about needing to feel clean in foreign places.
  • Toothbrush
  • Q-tips
  • Cucumber face wipes – so yummy and great for removing your make-up
  • Medicine pack – includes Emergen-C and Dayquil/Nyquil because getting sick abroad sucks!
  • Facial moisturizer with 30 SPF
  • Razor – will need to buy a new replacement eventually
  • Hair ties, clips, and bobby pins
  • Moleskin – for blisters.

Make-up and Essentials

Along with my toiletries, I am taking a small make-up bag to carry essential products I need to have with me.

Essentials

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Eye drops
  • Nail clippers/Nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Nail polish – travel size, pink and clear
  • Perfume – travel size roll-on of Marc Jacobs Dot and Viva La Juicy
  • Cover FX – pressed foundation
  • Dior BB Cream
  • Covergirl eyeliner and mascara
  • Brown eyeshadow
  • 3 Lipsticks – red, dark red, and pink
  • Nivea lip moisturizer

Miscellaneous

  • Sea to Summit Tek Towel – (size L) still waiting to see how good this one is and if it’s worth the bulkiness. I wanted a quick-dry towel that felt like a real towel… this is as close as it gets.
  • Small wallet
  • Folder with paperwork – flight details, travel info per city.
  • Ziploc bags – for wet things, dirty things, storing things, condensing things.
  • Hair dryer with European plug – yes, I’m taking one. Sue me. (This one is going in Daniel’s backpack.)
  • Camelbak water bottle

In my Tote

Including a few items here for easy access while on a plane, bus, or train so I don’t have to reach into my backpack.

Tote

  • One of my scarves – to use as a pillow or blanket.
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 Ziploc bags
  • Document holder
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Make-up bag – this holds all of my essentials listed above.
  • Poncho – my outer shell layer in case it rains.
  • Kindle – much better option than carrying heavy books.
  • Travel Bible
  • Hairbrush
  • Small shoulder purse – will be used when we’re walking around a city instead of my tote.
  • Travel journal/pen

THE END! I actually packed, un-packed, and re-packed about four times and it still seems like too much. There’s a chance some items will be left behind… or will end up in Daniel’s bag since he has “so much room to spare.” LOL.

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6 thoughts on “Packing 101: Hers

  1. We miss you already 😦
    (It’s your sister and your favorite brother in law by the way). We will be following you guys every step of the way enjoying everything you guys enjoy. We love you!

    P.S. Daniel…….. You better bring my sister back safely or I will hunt you down and gut you like a fish. Also, I hope Ana told you that under no circumstances will she be sold off for a camel (maybe if it’s an elephant) but not a camel; those animals are shady.

    Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute of it!!!!

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