Update 9/12/2015: Overall I was very pleased with my packing. The only thing I wish I had changed was brought a pair of gloves and a different, heavier jacket. We ran into lots of colder, unexpected weather and a heavier jacket would’ve helped. Some of my older clothing disintegrated along the way (one broke a person’s washing machine–I was so embarrassed!), but I had prepared for that and was fine. I bought a few scarves and a cami along the way, and by the last month of the trip was shedding clothing as fast as I could.
Because we are trying to backpack, we have a very limited amount of space to carry. Basically, if it can’t be carried on our backs, it isn’t going! But we are also going to be gone for several months during the colder parts of the year, so we are attempting a fine balance.
So what should someone bring on an extended trip? After combing through other online resources for South America, we have decided on a few outfits.
So, below, is Adrianne’s packing list:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 2 pairs of lighter pants/shorts
- 1 skirt
- 1 light sweater
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 pair of flats/sandals
- 1 pair of shower shoes
- 4 dresses
- 3 long-sleeve shirts
- 5 short-sleeve shirts
- 3 camis
- 5 pairs of underwear/other
- 3 scarves (2 count as hijabs also)
- And my luxuries and toiletries:
- 1 Spanish notebook
- 1 makeup bag
- 1 nail/hygiene
- medicine, oral/skin hygiene, hair stuff, feminine hygiene, etc.
It all fits, but just barely! I fold my pants and dresses on top of one another (respectively), then roll them together. Some things are rubber-banded to stay tight. I got some packing cubes for Christmas, and I think I will love them dearly by the time the trip is over. They make things less compact in the luggage, but they keep things much more organized.
I will wear tennis shoes, scarf, and jacket on the plane over to Egypt. I may be over-doing it a bit, but I can always shed belongings as we go if necessary.
Most of the time we will travel with our bags as carry-on, except for when we are on a very small budget airline (such as Ryanair) or traveling with sleeping bags as our carry-ons.
What have you done to get by on only a few things for several months? Any thoughts or suggestions?