When I returned to the states this fall, one of my main goals was to downsize my possessions (again), sell my car, and re-pack my bag for mutiple seasons and all types of adventures. Because my options are truly infinite. Perhaps I’ll fall in love with a place (or person) and settle in. Perhaps I’ll just keep going. Perhaps I’ll spend the year in chillier climes. Perhaps I’ll chase the sunshine.
So there lies the challenge ahead of me: carrying everything I, Luna, and the business need on my back wherever in the world we go. And, while I’m sure I’ll make some changes along the way—tweak things, add things, break things, destroy some more shoes—for now, with more than eight months of nomadic living under my belt, these are the things I carry with me:
To be honest, I totally cheated and threw in a second eye shadow (silver) and some more moisturizer and Chapstick (just ’cause I hate wasting them and already had them), but as soon as they are used up, we’ll be back down to what you see above.
Toiletries: shampoo (slightly less full than that), Alterna hair concrete, brush, bobby pins, hair ties, deodorant, sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, razor (and a handful of blades), curling iron (not pictured), small bottle of laundry detergent (not pictured).
Ignore the Dr. Bronner’s Organic Baby Soap in the photo. I did bring it with me to Italy, but I’ve decided I’m not a fan, so it’s probably getting left behind. Luna and I will just have to make do with shampoo doubling as body wash.
Clothes: two skirts (one from Amazon and one from Anatomie), jeans, one dress (not pictured), four tank tops (three pictured), three zip-up tops (two pictured), one long-sleeved shirt, one short-sleeved shirt, one tennis skirt, one warm sweatshirt, one pair of black pants, one sweater.
Accessories, etc.: red flats, black walking sneakers, boots, one hat, fingerless gloves, winter coat, spring coat, pajamas, small baggie of jewelry, one pashmina, two small scarves, undergarments, tights and socks (warm and usually knee-high), bathing suit, small backpack, hiking boots.
Business: laptop, portable monitor, 2 cameras (an SLR and a Lumix) and charging cords, camera case, extra memory card, pens, adaptors, portable hard drive, paper clips, USB drive, iPod and cord, screen cleaning cloth, small notebook, business cards.
NOTE: I am experimenting with not using my portable monitor and my fancy SLR camera. They’re super nice to have, but I could eliminate so much weight if I can do without them. So they may be taking a hike. Stay tuned.
Other: paperwork and passports, a novel, wallet, ziplock bags, one caribiner, small medicine kit, water bottle, poncho, alarm clock, reusable grocery bag.
Luna’s stuff: one dog sweater, one carrier, leash and Ezydog harness, one stuffed bunny (currently minus the stuffing), one tennis ball, bags of food and treats, two foldable dog bowls from Ezydog, and a small medical kit (Benadryl, heartworm meds). (See Luna’s more detailed packing list.)
FINAL NOTE: I also frequently carry a few food items or gifts with me from place to place. So, for example, as we’re getting ready to head to Paris for our next six weeks of adventures, I’ve added some pistachio spread, vinegar infused with truffles, local honey, and tea bags to my bag. They add some weight to the pack, but it’s so fun to show up to my Paris welcome party with some Italian treats, so I deal with the weight. And, this, my friends, is why I’m not an advocate of buying the absolute smallest pack you can. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra room.
What about you? Is there anything on my packing list you wouldn’t pack in a million years? Anything you can’t believe I didn’t bring?