Posted by: passedportsnyc | August 2, 2009

Packing List

The contents of my home/what I brought for one year away.

2 pants (both lightweight and good for hiking)
2 skirts (both longish – below the knee)
5 short sleeve shirts
2 cardigans (more for modesty, entering religious sites, and not offending people in more conservative areas than for warmth)
2 long sleeve shirts
1 fleece jacket
1 raincoat
2 long dresses
8 underwear
4 pair socks
1 bathing suit
1 sarong
1 scarf
1 running pant
1 tee shirt for running
1 sports bra
3 regular bras
1 tank top (for sleeping)
1 pair shorts (for sleeping)
1 pair light hiking shoes
1 pair Keens (not very cute but super comfortable, versatile, and practical)
1 pair sandals

2-in-1 shampoo conditioner
Sunscreen (SPF 30)
Bug repellent (40% DEET)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Tampons (surprisingly difficult to find in many countries)
Hair elastics
Contact lenses
Nail clippers and file

Anti-malaria drugs
Band Aids
Antibacterial disinfectant towelettes
1 Bandage

Mini sewing kit
Guidebooks for first 3 countries
2 novels
Camera and charger
iPod and charger
Duct tape (i.e. the all-purpose repair item)
Jump rope (We won’t be going to a gym and running on the street is all but impossible in many places.  This is the plan to stay in shape.)
Money belt
Drivers licence
ATM card and 1 credit card
Travel towel



  1. HOW did all of this fit in those teeny bags?! Even with my innovative rolling method, this seems incredible.

  2. Just wait until you get back to Southeast Asia! The purchase of a new bag will be required!

  3. 40% deet??? yummm. also, i laughed out loud thinking about you jumping rope across the globe.

  4. How exciting!!! I had a hard time last summer on the leg from Lima —> La Paz because of my nail clipper. They were okay with the clipper part, but didn’t like the file part. So they just broke it off right there, and sent me on my way!

  5. My campers and I went on an overnight this week and my co-counselor brought this freaky bug repellant OIL that was 99% DEET.

  6. An impressive packing job. Daresay a perfect one! 🙂

  7. Thin scarves turn out to be one of the most convient items i brought with me, because they can cover up your shoulders (and/or your hair), a belt if you’re like me and the pants that fit you before your trip are all of a sudden way too big, and you can use them to help wipe the sweat off your brow, because you will be drenched most all the time in a lot of the places you’re going.

    And i can’t wait to hear how the jump rope works out!! 😉

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