First things is first! You all need to read this important and first time milestone event: I packed less than Dave or Ryan for the New England trip. Sure, Dave is going to Yellowstone and I'm not but the facts are facts, I packed less!
Packing these past few weeks, to say the least, has been crazy. I had 3 massive piles going: one for the remainder of my times in Kansas, one for Burma and one for New England / Idaho. It was a bit overwhelming and looked like someone dropped a clothing bomb.
I had a big pile for New England however, I knew I needed to cut back because we were hauling all our camping gear and we were also picking up our friend Ryan for a week, meaning room was limited in our mid-size SUV. I decided to only take my big backpack (35L), a computer bag, my camera bag, a jacket and vest.
I thought I’d give you a peek into what I packed plus some little tips I figured out. I shared some of my previous packing tips before but I think I've learned some more tips even after that. I always think it is interesting to see what people pack, so hopeful you will too.
In My Bag
5 pairs of pants + 1 pair of shorts: 1 pair of jeans, 3 black leggings, 1 blue leggings. I picked these pants because they are super versatile and comfortable.
*tip – I packed 3 black leggings because one of the pairs literally has some holes in them (thigh area…ha!) and I know I can throw them out at the end of this trip and won’t have to take them home.
2 dresses - Only one is pictured here because I was wearing the other one when I snapped these pictures.
10 Tops: 1 cardigan + 2 Sweaters + 3 tank tos + 2 t-shirts + 1 long sleeve shirt + 1 sweatshirt
3 scarves, 1 hat, 2 head bands, swimsuit
Other: socks + underwear (cuz you know, this are a must but sorry, no pictures) + 4 pairs of shoes (GladSoles Sandals, tennis shoes, black flats & boots) + 1 jacket + 1 warm vest
Toiletries - Obviously I had to have these. I did figure out that instead of placing things in cute travel bags I can place them in ziplock bags and they lay flat and are easier to pack. It’s been working great so far. I also brought a mini hair dryer, brush, flat iron, dry shampoo and spray in hair conditioner.
Medicine Bag – If you don’t pack a medicine bag when you travel I highly recommend doing so. Dave taught me this practice. I pack allergy medicine, Ibuprofen, stomach medicine, ear medicine and Vitamin C packs, all in a ziplock bag of course. I might not always use everything in the bag but I’m glad I have it just in case. Even on this trip I managed to get an outer ear infection so the drops have come in handy.
I was in search for a big computer bag that could house a ton of stuff! TJMaxx came in for the win! This bag was only $24.99 and it fits so much stuff. Every time Dave picks the bag up he comments how much it weighs which means it holds a lot of awesome stuff.
I of course brought camera gear too! I have my camera, my kit lens, 50mm 1.4 lens and of course my Polaroid camera. =)
I feel like after writing out what I brought it was a lot. However, for being on the road for 27 days and only planning on doing 1 laundry stop I think I did pretty good.
What do you pack for trips?
Are you a light packer or do you pack a big suitcase?
What is the lightest you have ever packed? What is the most you have ever packed?
Do you have any packing tips? If so, share away in the comments. We'd love to hear.