Friday, January 23, 2015

that backpack

It's that time again: time to pull out the old backpack. I love this backpack. It's kinda like another one of my limbs. Every single time I see it (my husband makes me hide it away in a closet for most of the year because he is convinced that seeing it gives me grand ideas to spend thousands of dollars on airfare to some remote place on the globe), I am bombarded with all of the joyous memories wrapped up in this pack. My dad bought me this backpack when I was in middle school. Long before this pack ever circumnavigated the globe with me, it wandered through the forests of Washington State with me on overnight adventures and day hikes.

As you can see, it's a little worn + torn.
But in my opinion, that it the true mark of any backpack and its traveler. 

And now it is time to start to ponder: what shall I pack?
We are going to be in New Zealand for three weeks.
And then we are spending two days in South Korea.
It's going to be summer in one country and winter in the other.
We will sleep in tents, apartments, hostels, beach houses, and nice hotels.
We are going to be road tripping most of the time.
We are also eating a fancy steak dinner and camping and hiking and bungy jumping and train hopping.

So where to start?

After many packing flops, I have learned a few things.
First, always bring that dress. You never know when you will want/need it.
Second, be yourself, not some impostor! My pack will be full of stripes + polka dots! 
And third: make a gosh darn list and check things off as you put them in your pack so you don't forget something important, like that one time I went to a beautiful Thai island and forgot my bathing suit at home.

So here is my New Zealand list, in all of its anal-retentive glory:

Important Items:
Passports
Alien Resident Cards (for Taiwan)
International Driver's Licenses
Washington State Driver's Licenses
U.S. Bank Cards
Taiwan Bank Card
Booking Confirmation Packet

Clothing:
Polka Dot Dress
Striped Dress
Red Infinity Scarf 
3 Jeans
Sweatshirt 
2 Cardigan 
5 Socks
5 Underwear
3 Bra
2 Long Sleeve Shirts
2 Quarter Sleeve Shirts 
3 Short Sleeve Shirts
Green Jacket
Flower Leggings
2 Tank Tops
Running Pants
Running Shirt
Sports Bra

Shoes:
Toms
Sanuks
Running

Toiletries:
Sunscreen
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Floss
Face Wash
Powder
Blush
Mascara
Lip Gloss
Deodorant
Tweezers
Nail Clipper
Brush
Leave In Conditioner
Shaver
Nail Polish
Clips
Hair Ties 

Other:
Birth Control
KIND Bars
Camera + Lens
Computer
Nook
Chargers
Alarm Clock
Cards
First Aid Kit

Accessories: 
Purse 
Wallets
Necklace
Watch
Earrings
Ring
Headbands
Sun Glasses
Driving Glasses


How do you avoid great, big packing flops? 

2 comments

  1. At the end of it all I remind myself I can buy what I forget when I get there and call it a souvenir when I get home. When are you headed down this way?

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    1. Yup. I had to buy a hat because it snowed in Queenstown and I was not expecting that!

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