I AM OVERPACKED AND I KNOW IT.
I’ve spent the past eight months watching hours of YouTube about real, professional, minimalist travelers. These people go on and on about how they only have one pair of shorts and like two shirts and that’s more than enough for their RTW 3-year long trip to arctic and subtropical climates. However, that is not me.
I. Cannot. Pack. Lightly.
I want options. I want choices. I want to have cute outfits in photos. And I do not want to be underprepared.
So somehow I fit all this stuff fit into my 65L Osprey Ariel pack. I packed my underwear in sandwich bags in order to save room (I do not think this was an effective strategy, alas my thongs are still in the sandwich bags and at 2am last night it seemed quite the groundbreaking technique). I used packing cubes. They kind of helped. It was actual exercise making it all fit into the backpack. I am worn out now.
If you follow me on Snapchat (@lolblad) you might’ve gotten some live updates of the struggle…
I’m banking on the fact that some of the items– like the snacks and toiletries will dwindle down after a few days or weeks and save me a little bit of space. I packed a TON of snacks. I also packed some older and not so expensive things that I won’t be too upset about tossing if I find they’re not very useful after a little while.
I am also bringing a NorthFace backpack and my Fjallraven Kanken as carry-ons. I am very stressed that I legitimately won’t be able to carry it all. Like, physically will not be able to lift it. Like that scene in Wild where Reese Witherspoon’s character literally rolls around on her hotel room floor trying to get her pack on:
^^ Actual footage of me packing for Australia.
To be honest, I was going to start my YouTube channel with a video of myself being super cool minimalist packer and show you how I have a pair of shorts that I can magically transform into sweat/stink-proof workout shorts to walking around the city shorts to a trendy awesome going out outfit BUT instead I just brought a pair of shorts for each of those occasions… in multiple colors. I suck. So here’s the list instead. Send prayers.
Lululemon 1/4 zip shirt
Lululemon white power Y tank
Lululemon short sleeve top
2 Running Leggings (1 crop, 1 long)
3 Pairs Black Running Shorts
4 nicer shirts
5 cotton tank tops
1 American Apparel leotard
1 Sleeping T-Shirt
1 T-Shirt Tank Top
5 Sun Dresses
3 pairs of loose pants
1 skirt (for interviews)
5 pairs of shorts
1 pair of skinny jeans
1 Dressy Romper
1 Sleeping Shorts
1 Jean Jacket
1 Red Raincoat
1 Down vest from Uniqlo (the New Englander in me just does not believe that I won’t need some down winter-wear).
2 Longsleeve T-shirts
2 Sports Bras
Nike running sneakers
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
GoPro Floaty Grip
GoPro waterproof backdoor
GoPro spare battery
GoPro Charger and Cable
MacBook Charger and USB-C cable
Bose Portable Speaker+Charger (alright, THIS is my super-luxury item. It is HEAVY and it is BULKY but it’s also an awesome thing. If anyone’s in the market for a portable little speaker that can go very very loud and still have incredible quality this is the thing. Every single time I carry my backpack I am going to hateeeeeee myself for bringing it. But, every single time I am sitting on the beach or getting ready to go out or hanging around the house I am going to loveeee myself for bringing this soooooo we’ll see).
AND SO MUCH MORE I’M EMBARRASSED TO EVEN WRITE DOWN BECAUSE WRITING THIS LIST MAKES ME REALIZE HOW MUCH STUFF I FIT INTO THAT PACK. AH.
***Update: it didn’t explode. Yet. It didn’t explode yet. That does not mean that if I buy one single item in the next year it won’t literally burst at the seams.