We’ve come a long way, baby! After celebrating our 2 year “on the road” anniversary, it is really amazing to see how much we have grown. Experiences, mistakes, and general blunders have given us an invaluable database of knowledge – especially when it comes to packing.
Our most recent trip has us spending a month in the jungles and beaches of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Besides the fact that Latin America feels like home, Shaun and I were a little more prepared about what to expect when it came to wearing clothes. What happened was a new minimalism that really caught us off guard. After packing for Latin America last time, we had to take into consideration we were going to be in the Andes. For our European packing list, we had to pack for the cold. This time? All relaxation and all beaches.
On to our choices:
8 pairs of underwear (Learned from Latin America that 3 is NOT enough)
1 sports bra
2 bathing suits
2 pairs shorts
1 pair jeans (I like jeans and will continue to pack them)
3 tank tops
1 pair Sanuk Women’s Yoga Mat Flip Flop
1 pair hiking shoes
1 pair tieks (For a nice night out.)
1 hoodie (Nice buses are COLD)
3 pairs socks
4 pairs boxers (3 Ex-Officio)
1 Button Down shirt
1 pair trunks
2 pairs shorts
1 pair jeans
4 pairs socks
1 pair flip flops
1 pair skate shoes (Don’t ask.)
Erica’s Hat and Sunglasses
2 Rain Covers for backpacks
First Aid Kit
Ginger Candy (for Shaun’s seasickness – we have yet to try it out)
1 Texas State Flag Drink Koozie
1 Burning Man koozy
2 Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack
(20L and 2L)
2 Travel Towels
Tech Bag: (25L Dakine Burnside Backpack)
1 15″ MacBook Pro
1 HP Envy 14 (14″)
Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
1 battery charger
1 Go Pro Hero 1
GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
XShot 2.0 Camera Extender for Most Cameras XS2379-F
2 iPhone 4S
Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display
After throwing our clothes and gear into our bags, we stumbled upon a VERY good problem to have. My Deuter Fox 40L and Shaun’s Deuter ACT lite 65+10L were just WAY too much. Shaun’s clothes were swimming in an almost entirely empty backpack and mine wasn’t nearly packed tight enough. We had reached the “promised land” of packing.
….Now to figure out how to make our technology day pack NOT the heaviest thing we are carrying around.
You live and learn, right? I’m curious to see where we will be in 2 more years.
(Side note: Shaun’s sees us in a private jet with rolling suitcases. I applaud him for thinking big.)
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