Let me start by saying this is going to be a long post. There’s lots of fun stuff in here (at least to me, so sorry for everyone else who doesn’t think packing is fun). I’m heading to Europe in 3 days, and I’ll be gone for 66 days. My itinerary was detailed previously here.
I decided I should pack a couple days before I leave, to make sure everything actually fits. I’m a very classic “well, maybe I need this” type packer. Usually this isn’t a problem because I’m packing in a carry on for a weekend. This time, I’m packing in a carry on for 2 months. This is something I’ve never done before.
To get started, I read lots and lots of blogs that I found from pinterest. I’m wishing now that I’d actually pinned a couple of them along the way instead of just looking so I could direct you to much better lists than mine. When I was reading, I thought people were crazy for being able to pack in 30L bags; now that I’m done, I realize if I wasn’t diabetic, that wouldn’t be a problem.
I’m using an Ospry Porter 46 as my main bag. My coworker offered to loan me one, and once I saw it, I knew I had to have one. The upside is the newer bag I bought (2015 version) has an awesome space for laptops and other small bits in the front that previous versions were missing. It took me many many stores to find someone that had this bag in stock, so I’m sure I’ll see many other on my trip.
My shoulder bag/purse is a North Face bag that I found at Marshalls. I saw it and was in love. No idea what it is any more. I’ve been using this as my purse for the past couple months at home and am pretty sure it will serve me well on my trip. The purple insulin cooling thing will be going into my carry on (it functions best with air circulation).
Now on to what I’ve managed to fit into these bags. It will be interesting to see what I come back with in comparison to what I’m packing now, so I want to be sure to document what I’ve packed.
Let’s start with the easy things. This is my travel outfit. Going with the “wear your largest items” idea.
- Sweatshirt (An oldie but goodie, won’t be too sad if it goes missing)
- Maxi dress
- Scarf (it’s solid grey on the reverse side)
- Tennis Shoes (I hope to run while I’m gone and was told by enough people I need to bring them for walking around, we will see about that as I go)
- A set of underthings
Lots of good things in this bag. I wanted to call it a carry-on, but everything is a carry on this trip. Some things have numbers, the others are too obvious to need them. Roughly listed left to right, top to bottom.
- Book (From a little free library near me, to be returned to one abroad. Or some other book exchange.)
- Headphones (yes, they are giant. I figure worth it for good sound and noise cancelling-ish.)
- The small bag packed previously with back up diabetes supplies (1)
- Meter with extra lancets (2)
- Lip Balm (3)
- Padlock (3) (I’m also locking my bag, but that’s too flimsy for a communal locker space)
- Honey Stinger (3) (delicious fast acting sugar that’s easy to carry)
- Mini Moleskin books (4) (for on the go notes, handing things to people, etc.)
- Wallet (this one isn’t coming with me, but one will be)
- Moleskin journal (with pre-trip notes, also intended to be used as a trip journal)
- Item 5
- Mascara (those two items are it for make-up for me)
- Mini mag light flashlight (I’ve heard I’ll need this, it’s small so I may as well bring it)
- Body Glide (never know when you’ll need it, nice to have on hand)
- A small coin purse (6) (I use this for money in places that use a lot of coins – pretty much everywhere but the US).
- A shopping bag (7)
- Baby wipes (8) (Good for showers without a shower, cleaning up messes… lots of things)
- Sun Glasses
- Reading Glasses
- Travel Wallet
- EuRail Pass
- Hostel International Membership Card
This makes for a pretty full bag, but that’s okay.
Now moving on to the main bag. This is what’s in the outside pockets, one at the top and the front pockets.
- Swim Suit (1) (packed on the outside because stop number one is the Blue Lagoon)
- Computer (2) (a light ultra book)
- Empty Envelopes (3) (to keep all the things I want to keep from places I visit)
- Grid it organizer (4)
- Fitbit charger
- Travel power charger and travel power thingy
- iPhone charger cable
- Camera charger
- Wall connector (this one is from Apple, with changeable connectors that I’ve had for a while. Everything uses USB power, so I’m only bringing this one wall charger)
- Computer charger
- Plug converter (you can’t see this because it’s grey, it’s only for my computer charger)
- Printed prescriptions (5)
- Printed copies of the celiac cards I talked about here (6)
- My toiletry bag (7)
- Randoms (8)
- Pepto container (with pepto and ibuprofen inside)
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss
- Stick sunscreen
And on the right is the contents of the toiletry bag (a small sea to summit bag).
- Bandaids of many sizes (1)
- Q-tips (2)
- Mirror and rubber band (2) (rubber band for using the hanging hook with things that are too-big for it to fit on – which is almost every thing)
- Nail things and razor (3)
- Moleskin (4) (can you tell I’m worried about blisters?)
- Antiperspirant (5)
- Other Drugs (6)
- (All things I hope to not need)
- Shampoo and Conditioner (7)
- Bag and Ziploc for liquids and TSA (8)
- Other liquids (9) (All GoToobs – can someone explain why the orange one is bigger than the rest when they say the same size?)
- Face lotion (orange)
- Face wash (clear)
- All purpose soap (green) (for laundry)
And finally, what I’ve got in the main part of the bag. Most things are packed inside packing cubes, but there are a few pockets on the inside of the bag as well.
- Blue ebags – previously packed diabetes supplies
- Flip flops for showers
- Black Toms
- Birkenstock Sandals
- Rain Jacket (1)
- Travel Towel (1)
- PJs (2) (consisting mainly of work out clothes for quick drying)
- Sink Stopper (3)
- Elastic clothes line (3)
- Flip Belt (4) (for running and perhaps hiding things under my clothes)
- Pink Medium ebag packing cube (I thought I would be using multiple of these, oh was I wrong)
- 1 pair jeans
- 1 pair leggings
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 knee length black skirt
- 1 black tank dress
- 1 bright pink tank dress (need to have something other than black!)
- Extra bra
- Grey small packing cubes
- 8 underwear (wayyyyy too many to most light packing people, I know)
- 4 pairs socks (also probably too many, but most are cotton and will be slow to dry)
- Work out clothes
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 pair capris
- 1 sports bra
- 1 headband
- 2 tank tops (1 cotton, 1 tech fabric)
- 1 t-shirt (cotton)
- 1 extra bag for dirty clothes
- (this bag isn’t full, space for fun things I buy on my trip!)
- 2 long sleeves (1 cotton, 1 smartwool)
- 2 3/4 sleeves (1 cotton, 1 tech fabric)
- 2 t-shirts (1 cotton, 1 tech fabric)
I’ve got a mix of tech fabrics and cotton because I wasn’t going to buy all new things, and don’t want to look like I’m totally walking around in exercise clothes. We will see what I think about this as I go.
I layered all the things into my bag, and took pictures to show you in case you don’t believe this would all fit in the bag!
Diabetes things took up a lot of space. It will be interesting to me to see if I replace all the things I use on the way with new purchases. I’ve got a couple items in my bag that I don’t intend to keep for the entire trip (they are on the end of life and will get tossed most likely… too used for anyone else to ever want).
I am sure everyone will be able to identify everything I’ve packed pretty quickly and will probably recognize the new items I pick up :).
I’ll toss up links to some of the items I bought specifically for this trip as I determine if I actually like them. No point in sending you to “my favorite item” unless it’s actually my favorite! For things not bought for this trip, chances of me finding a link are probably zero so I hope no one is lusting after them.
Whew! I’m impressed if you made it all the way here!