Each time I envision packing for a trip it sounds super easy in my head, but every time I actually start getting things together I start having a near breakdown over my confusion. Over the summer I put together a packing list for my trip to Europe, and I was pretty successful overall. I did end up buying an extra sweater and scarf while there, but nothing was a huge mistake.
As this trip is only a week long and I’ll only be traveling to one country, I thought it would be a breeze. What has me hung up this time is the weather. The forecast for my visit sees the days ranging from 73 and sunny to 62 and rainy. While that’s really only a few degrees apart, those days are going to feel a lot different, and it’s the different between a t-shirt, and long sleeves with a rain coat (well, for me anyway). I’m trying to focus on layers for this trip! I started out with almost all long sleeve shirts, but then a warm day here in Maryland reminded me how warm 70 degrees is when it’s sunny, and I rearranged everything. I’m still maintain that if everything fits decently into my fairly small backpack, then I’m not over packing.
- Fleece jacket – 1 (to be worn on the plane)
- Zip up sweatshirt – 1 (to be worn on the plane)
- Raincoat – 1
- Short sleeve shirts – 6
- ¾ length/long sleeve shirts – 4
- Tank tops for layering – 4
- Jeans – 2 (I pair being worn on the plane)
- Socks – 4 pair
- Underwear – enough for the whole trip
- T-Shirt – 1
- Leggings – 1 (for pajamas)
- Scarf – 1 (to be worn on plane)
- Boots – 1 pair (to be worn on plane)
- Toothbrush / Paste / Floss
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Hair gel
- Face Cleaning Wipes
- A small bag that folds up very small, but can be expanded into a backpack. This will be handy to slip into my purse and use when I peel off all of the extra layers I wear.
- Hair clips/Bobby Pins
- Power adapter
- Phone chargers
- An old iPhone that I can use as a back-up camera
- Packs of tissues – 3 (I’ve heard there often isn’t toilet paper available- so these can serve many purposes)
Inside my purse:
- Wrist-let containing money, passport, credit/debit cards, Driver’s License
- Medicines – quite the variety of these!
I’ve also heard that there could be a ton of bugs and mosquitoes, but my travel mate is already bringing bug wipes for both of us if needed.
One other item I bring when traveling which I never wear at home is a watch. I usually try to set it to my destination time so I’m ready, and it’s handy when phones and technology won’t sync. My only problem currently is I can’t figure out how to change the time on the stupid thing and it’s still set to the time from my last holiday. I’ll work on that tomorrow before I leave.
When I write everything out like this it really does seem like an excessive amount of things to need for a week long holiday. But, it’s all fitting in my bag with room to spare, so I feel pretty good about the amount of things I’m bringing.