Back when I worked at MatadorNetwork.com there was a series that asked travellers what was in their backpack. I wondered what I would write about, a constant over-packer, if ever the honour was given.
Iâ€™ve begun packing much more strategically since Iâ€™ve started travelling more often, and was genuinely impressed by how little I managed to pack for Central America. Having to wear only bikinis and tank tops the whole time does help, though.
I still over-packed. Most people in my group are travelling with just a carry-on.
People also always ask me what I travel with, like Iâ€™m some kind of expert or something. But I do have my favourite gear, so here goes.
In Central America Iâ€™m travelling with my Osprey Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack. I cannot believe this thing is 70 litres. That seems OUTRAGEOUS. Itâ€™s tiny. Or at least I think so.
What I love about this pack is that I can zip up the straps so that it turns into a duffel bag. Also, the front detaches as a daypack, which is awesome for hikes. It also folds open like a suitcase, which I MUCH prefer to digging around a top-loading pack. On this trip, four of us have Ospreys. The lifetime warranty helps.
I also have a MEC 80-litre pack that I used in Europe last year. Itâ€™s pretty awesome.
Obvs I have a lot of electronics to keep me going on the road. And to annoy you with constant sunshine updates. I have a MacBook Pro that is scheduled to die any day now, because such is life.
I recently â€œdowngradedâ€ my DSLR kit to a Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera. Easily the best decision Iâ€™ve made. No more lugging around extra lenses, and this baby is SO easy to manage. Plus it takes really terrific photos.
Iâ€™m also now travelling with a Polaroid Cube Mini Lifestyle Action Camera (Red) to capture video. It has pretty well the same specs as a GoPro, except itâ€™s only $99 and is even MORE compact. You can buy a Waterproof Case as well.
I travel with an iPhone6, except on this Central America trip where Iâ€™ve brought my old iPhone4 instead. Haha. You know, theft and stuff.
Kindle Paperwhite. I hate it but it works.
Cocoon Grid-It Organizer for organizing all your wires and things. BEST THING EVER.
I keep most my gear in a North Face laptop backpack. Iâ€™ve had it for YEARS, and is more reliable than most packs Iâ€™ve had.
Lewis N. Clark Packing Cubes (HIGHLY recommended)
Pinrose Fragrance (itâ€™s like portable perfume â€“ I gave up my Dior Poison for this trip. Gasp!)
1 travel journal
1 day planner
DivaCup and Diva Wash (Itâ€™s a menstrual cup. Deal with it. Itâ€™s changed my life.)
Small bag of jewelry
Small bag of make-up
A baggie filled with stolen hotel shampoo/conditioner (No regrets)
Small leather purse picked up in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Small baggie with Immodium, Tylenol, and Polysporin
Two nailpolishes & a small bottle of remover (Iâ€™m high maintenance)
For Central America Iâ€™ve packed
2 light sundresses
10 pairs of underwear (you can never have too many)
2 pairs of socks
3 bathing suits (might be excessive)
1 pair of flip-flops
1 pair of sneakers for hiking
1 Pair of Tumi sunglasses (protect those eyeballs, baby!)
4 Shirts/Tank tops
1 Pair of jean shorts
1 Pair of light pants
1 Fitness outfit
1 Encircled Chameleon Maxi
1 Light PrAna jacket for Guatemala
Thatâ€™s actually pretty excessive, btw. But the Encircled Maxi is DA BOMB and can be worn 8 ways â€“ itâ€™s a reverse dress with two colours, and can be a maxi skirt, a mini skirt, or a full dress. I brought a belt to sexify things up a bit.