Packing List

First solo trip backpack en route from Denver, CO USA to San Juan, Puerto Rico ~ mid 2016

It’s worth noting that my backpack was 50 pounds plus at the beginning of my travels. I like to be “prepared”, but keep in mind the health of your back and neck when packing. Neck kinks are not fun.

Adjust based on gender, planned activities, climate, and amount of time traveling.

 

(**Italicized words are gender-specific**)

Clothing & Shoes:

plenty of underwear to avoid laundry as long as possible 😛
sports bra
three different types of bras
warm sweater/jacket depending on destination weather
4 pairs of socks
working out shirt(s)
leggings
jeans (one pair for tropical weather, more for colder weather)
at least 3 dresses
three swimsuits
sarong(s) – can be used as a towel, skirt, shirt, scarf, blanket, etc.
shorts
skirts
rain jacket
hat
one pair of flip flops
one pair tennis shoes
hiking boots
dancing heels or date shoes
shoe bags
bag for dirty clothes/wet swimsuit

 

Money & Documentation:

money belt or wallet
credit cards
cash
coin purse
identification
passport
photocopies of passport
immunization papers – though not always needed
any other required documentation for destination

 

Toiletries:

shampoo
conditioner
soap
coconut or olive oil as moisturizer
chapstick
nail file or nail clippers
nail polish
hair ties
hairbrush
face wash
toothbrush & toothpaste
makeup
feminine cup or tampons
deodorant
microfiber towel (takes up less space)
razor

 

Health:

sunscreen
bug spray
immunizations if needed (click for immunization requirements by country)
Dramamine for motion-sickness
Ibuprofen or alternative pain-reliever
antibacterial ointment
other necessary medications/vitamins
condoms
first aid kit

 

Electronics:

portable charger
thumb drive for pictures
travel insurance
computer
camera & accessories
travel adapter
chargers

 

Camping Accessories:

hammock & rain cover
headlamp or other light
pillow case – stuff clothes in it to be used as a pillow
fork/spoon/knife kit for camping

 

Food & Miscellaneous:

jewelry
seasoning (gotta have my cumin)
essential oils
travel journal + pen (unless your computer is your diary)
padlock, TSA-approved
sewing kit (for long-term travel)
ear plugs (for those noisy hostel foreigners)
snorkel/mask/fins
water filter
packing cubes
buff for hot days/keeping hair out of snorkel & mask

 

Most recent trip featuring a living, growing backpack en route from Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Belize City, Belize ~ early 2017

Take only the important, leave the rice & beans behind. We all know it’s a bitch choosing which thing to sacrifice when the scale says over 50 lbs. Happy packing!

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