I board my flight to Bangkok in 2 days…48 hours…2880 minutes…172800 seconds. No matter how you slice it, it will be here super fast! The last few days/weeks have been a blur of family, friends, travel, work, studying, and getting ready for my trip.
I can hardly believe at noon on Friday I’ll be sitting aboard a plane headed towards Tokyo, then to Bangkok. Then a magnificent 27 days around SE Asia, 9 days in San Francisco and then 31 days in Costa Rica. I’ve been having a lot of “is this real life?” moments lately, and they are sure to continue!
So that’s 67 days of travel. I’ll be taking 12 flights, sleeping in at least 9 cities and traipsing around with my sturdy backpack. All 40 liters of ol’ sturdy.
Luckily, most of the areas I’ll be traveling to are similar in climate (read: hot), so there isn’t much need for a lot of heavy clothes. However, we’ll be visiting a bunch of temples and other sites that require longer shorts/pants and sleeves, so I am packing strategically to make sure I’m respectful. I’m also considering a trek in Chiang Mai, and if I do venture out into the wilderness, I’ll certainly need more than a sundress and bathing suit!
Here’s what’s making the cut. Somehow I managed to pack in sets of three! My strategy is to take solids that can be easily mixed and layered. There isn’t going to be a whole lot of “trendy” going on!
tank tops – all plain, all the same style and brand, but different colors. short sleeve tops. solid color dresses. jean shorts, blue cotton shorts and longer black skirt and a white tunic style top.
active short and skirt, tees – including my fancy UPF long sleeve, bathing suits, a colorful sarong and a pair of light cargo long pants
Shoes and Accessories
chaco flops, grey sandals and black nike frees, 4 pairs of socks, Nat’s hat, sunglasses, a digital watch a medium sized tote bag (this will be my “personal item” on the flight), my small cross-body purse, a compact “shopper” tote, a quick dry towel and a wet bag
Toiletries and Travel Necessities
Sunscreen, regular toiletries, make-up, some medicine. Pack cover for my bag in case of rain, a sleep mask for the plane. Silk sleep sheet / cocoon to avoid buggies! My running SPI belt to be used in place of a money belt and a couple gallon sized ziplock bags for wet/dirty clothes
Electronics and other entertainment
iPad, iPhone, iPad camera connection kit & chargers. Camera and charger. SE Asia budget travel book. 1 yoga book (lots of books on my kindle app!), a small journal and pen and, last but not least, playing cards!!
Gosh, as I type it all out, I’m a little concerned it isn’t going to fit! 🙂
For my travel outfit, I’ll wear a pair of cropped lulu tights, a yoga tank and a long sleeved, lightweight hoodie with my nike’s.
When I’m in San Francisco, my mom is going to bring me some yoga stuff to swap out for some of the nicer clothes I’m taking to Asia… all I need in Costa Rica are yoga shorts and bathing suits! It’ll be nice to get some fresh threads after wearing the same outfits for a month. It sure seems like a lot when it’s all spread out!
It certainly will be a new experience living out of a backpack and rotating the same clothes. I am excited to pare down everything and really let go of some of the “material” of every day life. Between selling all of my furniture, living out of suitcases for the last month and now heading off with just a backpack, I think I’m well on my way of finding a little peace and quiet in our over-stimulated, consumer world.
Now, to finish packing, the most important step – go back in and take a couple things out…or else I’ll have no room for souvi’s!!
Have you ever packed for a multi-month trip?