Following up on Sally’s packing list, here’s an overview of what I ended up packing for the trip. There are a lot of similarities as far as packing decisions for common items, so I’ll focus primarily on the differences between our packing decisions. For more details, read Sally’s Ladies Edition packing article, it has a TON of detailed information.
I’m also breaking it up into two parts. This first part focuses on clothing and everyday travel items. The second part will deal with my photography gear as well as other miscellaneous items that come in handy.
Don’t hesitate to comment with any questions – we’d be happy to help where we can!
Luggage? My decision here was very similar to Sally’s, but I opted for the large-but-versatile Hylete Icon backpack and a smaller, carry-on sized, rolling suitcase from Samsonite. Theoretically, I would be able to carry on both of my pieces of luggage in a pinch, although I don’t plan on doing so very often as it will usually be easier to simply check the suitcase.
I was a bit concerned that this combination would be a bit tight fit because of my bulky camera gear, but after some creative arranging, everything squeezed in with no major issues.
CLOTHING (et al)
Key for clothing was to keep it light and finding versatile items that can be layered for anything from cool to scorching hot. After a lot of research, and some test runs, I decided to focus on Merino wool as the primary fabric for most of my items. Merino wool is somewhat pricey but highly recommended online, and my own experiences have confirmed this. I also got a lot of inspiration from hiking clothes, as those generally have to be pretty tough yet breathable. Overall, my clothing list looks like this:
- 6 pairs of pants: 1 pair of jeans, 1 pairs of convertible cargo pants, 2 pairs of nylon hiking pants (while technically hiking pants, they look nice enough for somewhat upscale restaurants), 1 pair of roomy linen pants
- 1 pair of cargo shorts (in addition to the convertible cargo pants) and 1 pair of workout shorts
- 2 bathing suits, one of which can pass as regular shorts
- 8 t-shirts: 3 merino wool t-shirts, 1 lightweight merino wool undershirt, 2 Hylete quad-blend t-shirts (because I got them for cheap with the backpack and felt high quality – time will tell!), 2 regular cotton t-shirts
- 2 long-sleeved uppers: 1 medium weight long sleeved shirt (also merino wool) and a SCOTTeVEST travel sweatshirt
- 5 pairs of merino wool socks (according to everyone online, these are magic for traveling, and so far, I can confirm!!)
- 7 pairs of underwear: 5 ExOfficio pairs (I already owned one of these prior to starting this trip and I can confirm it’s the best underwear I’ve ever worn) and 2 pairs of sports boxer briefs
- a pair of boxers & a t-shirt for PJs
This needed to be very, very minimal as footwear usually takes up a ton of space, so it was really important that every pair was as versatile as possible.
- 1 pair of sneakers: I picked the adidas Tracerocker in black as my sneakers. While technically a trail running shoe, they are very simple, lightweight, and can pass as nice enough for restaurants. Since they are a trail shoe, they will also hold up well on a hike. Bonus: They are super comfortable.
- 1 pair of sandals: I can’t stand walking in flip flops, so I opted for sandals instead. The Xero Z-trail met all of my criteria for a sandal, and even after just a week traveling I’m super happy with my choice. They work great on the beach, in the water, for walking, are easy to clean, and so far seem very sturdy.
- 1 pair of running shoes: I also packed my trusty pair of running shoes. I’ve been using the Merell Trail Glove 3 for a while and am super happy with them as an all-around workout shoe. They’re a barefoot shoe, so not for everyone, but that makes them ideal for travel as they are super lightweight, they will also work great on a hike, and they are easy to clean.
TOILETRIES (et al)
Contrary to Sally, my toiletry list is really just the basics and no special effort went into putting my toiletry bag together: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, a comb, a small bottle of cologne, a razor, and shaving gel. I did have to replace my trimmer since the one I already owned was 110 volt only, so I found a very lightweight travel replacement, the Philips Norelco 3100 series.
As far as organization goes, Sally has got me beat by miles, but I can confirm that Ziplocs and packing cubes are absolutely amazing when it comes to staying organized, and keeping packing/unpacking time to a minimum.
MISCELLANEOUS, ELECTRONICS, AND PHOTO GEAR
Just like Sally, I also packed a number of miscellaneous items, electronics, and, of course, my photo gear. I’ll have more details on all of those items in my part 2 post!