As I mentioned in an earlier post, our Asian Adventure will be our longest trip, both in weeks away and in flight time. Packing for six weeks felt more than slightly overwhelming, so I decided to reframe my thinking. Instead, I packed for TWO weeks, something I have done many times. I reminded myself that there IS such a thing as hand washing in hotel sinks and/or laundry service.
I also needed to make sure I have enough toys in my carry on to keep me sane during our 20 hours in the air. I think I have it covered with my iPad and a paperback.
Normally I use a backpack as my carry on; it has just enough room for my camera, money, “toys” and snacks. I usually don’t pack a change of clothes, but we only have a one hour layover in Korea, so to lower my anxiety level, I’m taking a “real” carry on. That way, I can include some essentials, just in case we get separated from our checked bags.
- 3 lightweight long pants (including one in carry on and one to wear on plane), 3 long skirts, 1 dress. Asians dress more formally, so I am leaving shorts and capris at home.
- 6 short sleeve shirts ( 2 in carry on), 4 long sleeve shirts to protect against mosquitoes (one will be worn on plane.) No tanks or sleeveless tops.
- 2 belts, sun hat, 1 scarf, 1 alpaca wrap, cheap jewelry (the only kind I own)
- 1 Bathing suit, a bathing cap (Yes, I actually own such a thing to minimize the amount of chlorine in my hair), 1 cover up (doubles as bathrobe), 1 sarong, flip-flops
- 2 sandals, 1 flats (I’ll wear my Merrill’s on the plane)
- 2 pajamas (1 in carry on)
- 7 changes of underwear, 6 socks (2 changes in carry on)
- Lightweight rain jacket with hood (no umbrella needed), fleece, sweater for cool nights in Vietnam –these will all be worn to the airport, and if weight and space allow, will be stashed in luggage before it is checked.
There you have it–my entire wardrobe for 6 weeks.
Also in my checked luggage:
- Electrical adaptor
- hair dryer, brush and comb
- Toiletries: toothpaste & brush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, razor, tweezers, scissors, kleenex
- Sun screen, insect repellant, body lotion, baby powder
- flash light
- Materials for Global Volunteers work (photos, books, index cards, chalk, teaching aids-these are the heaviest items)
- Starbucks Via. I learned about these single serving packets of instant coffee from another blogger so decided to stock up, just in case we need an early morning jolt.
- my backpack
- elastic bands, extra zip lock bags, a couple of packs of woolite
- my medical stuff: band-aids, z-pack, Imodium, Neosporin, Advil. I read somewhere that Asian diets are low in fiber, so fiber capsules were recommended. We never needed them before, but there was room in the luggage, so what the heck.
- Credit card, bank card, local currency, singles
- Passport, passport photos for visas, immunization card, global entry card
- Etickets, travel info, notebook, pencil & pens
- Camera, batteries, charger, photo cards and camera bag
- Ipad and bose headset, cell phone
- Water bottle and holder
- “Comfort kit” (ear plugs, tiger balm, gum, cough drops, tissues, eye shade, sleep aid, airborne, wipes)
- Glasses and case;
- Paperback book
- Emergency contact list
- Clothes listed above and change of clothes for Mike. (He did his own packing–I don’t meddle.)
- extra toothbrush and paste
- Fanny pack and “Neck Wallet”
Believe it or not, it all fit. Here’s what the packed bags and plane wardrobe looks like:
I used lots of gallon zip lock bags and a packing cube to keep things organized.
In my never-ending quest to pack “smart” and to share what I have learned, upon return, I will fess up to any items that I brought but didn’t need, and will also list anything that I didn’t have but wished that I had.
Only 72 hours till lift off. Fellow travelers–have I forgotten anything???