Packing has been one of the trickiest parts of planning this trip. Below is what we decided to take, and we'll be updating this list throughout the trip as we find out what works and what doesn't. This roundup contains affiliate links - 50% of any profits from them will be donated to Charity:Water.
Josh really wanted a backpack for ease of getting around quickly and not having to worry about rolling a bag over different terrain. He opted for the XXXX.
Shari knew she'd be unhappy carrying a pack all the time so opted for a conversion roller bag / backpack. Her bag is the 22" Ozone Wheeled Luggage bag.
Not going to sugarcoat it - these bags are not cheap. We're lucky to have an REI not too far from our home, so when we decided to do this trip, we spent way too much time at REI trying on different bags and deciding what we wanted. Then we waited for a sale and bought our bags the second they were 25% off.
We've found packing cubes to be super helpful, both because they can compress your items, but also for organizational purposes. By getting different color (and sized) packing cubes, it's really easy to know which one to pull out when you want a bathing suit or a pair of socks.
We use several different kinds of packing cubes, including: XXXXX.
Super compressible daypack -
Toiletry bags - Josh uses a small Osprey XXX that Shari bought for herself and quickly realized she couldn't even fit half her stuff in, so she sized-up to an Ohuhu Waterproof Toiletry Bag. Both bags can hang, which we anticipate will be useful in small spaces.
Reusable nylon shopping bag