packing list

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.

packs

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.

packing cubes

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.

 

other bags

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

 

shirts

XXXX. 

 

pants

XXXX. 

 

outerwear

XXXX. 

 

shoes

XXXX.

 

socks

XXXX.

 

miscellaneous

Swimsuit

 

toothbrushes

Shari was really concerned about not having her Sonicare, but was super excited to find a slim electric toothbrush - Quip (use code XXX to get $5 off a refill). We also found these brilliant foldable soft toothbrushes that we love.

 

haircare

Shari again - at first she thought the foldable Wet Brush would be great, but it's just too bulky. Ultimately, she wound up with a generic compact folding brush and a full-size comb.

 

makeup

Pretty low maintenance with makeup to begin with, Shari just took foundation, a retractable makeup brush (probably not even the correct one, but it works!), Underwear for Lashes, mascara, and a mini eyelash brush. 

Makeup remover was another debate, but she settled on Micellar makeup remover pads that are safe for eyes. The pack of 30 is a little bulky, but will quickly diminish and be replaced throughout the trip with whatever she finds.

xXX

XXXXX.

 

washcloth

Self-cleaning travel washcloths.

 

phones

XXXXX. 

T-Mobile plan XXXXX.

Audible XXXXX.

 

Tablets

Ipad XXXXXX.

 

Laptops

MacBook Pro 13" XXXXX. (Downsized from our 15" + extra monitors at home.)

Wacom tablet XXXXX

 

hard drives

XXXXXX.

 

backup

Crashplan / Timemachine

Camera

XXXXX.

 

Go Pro + accessories

XXXXX.

 

charger cables

XXXXXX.

 

batteries

XXXXXX.

 

ear buds

XXXXXX.

 

adapter/converter

XXXXXX.

 

International drivers license

XXXX. 

 

pinterest workouts

XXXX. 

 

printer paper + pencil

XXXX. 

 

medical supplies

XXXX. 

deck of cards

XXXX.

 

vapor collapsible water bottles

XXXX.

 

water filter

XXXX.

 

medication

XXXX.