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.
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.
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.
The heaviest contents in my pack.
- Mousse – ridiculous, I know but try taming my hair.
- Body lotion
- Facial scrub
- Mini Philosophy facial moisturizer
- Bar of Dove soap & plastic holder – I’m weird about needing to feel clean in foreign places.
- 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.
- Hand sanitizer
- Eye drops
- Nail clippers/Nail file
- 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
- 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.
- One of my scarves – to use as a pillow or blanket.
- 2 Ziploc bags
- Document holder
- 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
- 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.