Honestly, packing was the worst part for me. It was so overwhelming! How do you pack one backpack that will hold everything you need for every type of situation and for every type of weather. Oh yeah, and make sure it will fit in tiny budget airline overhead bins, is light as it will become your fifth limb, and even carries your tent and sleeping pad! What?!? I know! It sounds impossible! Let me encourage you, if I can do it, you can, too!
Just a note before you read... Adam and I are outdoor enthusiasts and I decided hiking pants were more of a necessity than jeans. I also packed more workout style clothes than casual clothes. This has worked for me. You may have a different travel style, but this is a good guide to encourage you in light packing and you can swap my hiking pants for your skinny jeans. Oh, I do miss my skinny jeans!
The best advice I received while packing was to make sure all of your clothing options match. I'm a neutral gal, so I went with a neutral pallete.
Here's what I currently have in my GoLite 40L pack:
1: GoLite rain jacket
1: HH fleece pullover
1: pair REI hiking pants
1: long sleeve
1: Buff headband/hat/neck guard
1: pair wool gloves
1: pair Smartwool wool socks
1: swim suit
2: scarves (if I couldn't have my puffy vests, I had to have my scarves)
2: work out shorts
2: casual shorts
1: pair yoga capris
3: tank tops
1: work out t-shirt
2: casual t-shirts
2: sports bras
2: pairs of underwear
1: pair of Chacos 1: pair of Montrail trail running sneakers
1: stick of mascara
1: wedding ring (I wear a simple silver ring and left my real ring) 1: watch (so I didn't have to rely on my phone's charge for the time) 1: pair of earrings 1: necklace
1: book (gotta have a good paperback)
1: journal for memories
1: official marriage liscense
1: copy of our passports
1: small/foldable purse
- Pack everything in ziploc bags and plastic storage bags (lightest option).
- Try to fit everything into a 30 L backpack. I haven't been able to make it work with my sleeping pad and tent. Wish I had a 30 L!
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