Packing list

I can’t believe I’m really leaving Friday. So much left to do. So little time. So hard to stay motivated to tie up loose ends at school and at home.

I sent out this email tonight to the group. I thought sharing our packing list & packing tips would be helpful.

I thought this might be helpful to someone. I just did a test run w/my bag to be checked, & it only came up to 18 lbs! (This is before I added the gifts, which I left at school).

Also, a couple of tips I learned from years of rustic camping:

  • Buy a cheap over-the-door type shoe pocket organizer — or even better — sometimes you can pick up the kind that hang in your closet from the Dollar Tree that are plastic & are smaller. The cheaper the better because the cheap ones are made of lightweight fabric that dries quickly. One with clear pockets is best. Cut off the bottom couple of rows of pockets. Throw away the hooks for over the door & clamp on a skirt hanger. Put your toiletries (liquids inside ziplocs) in the pockets. Fold it in half & put the whole thing in one of those big ziploc bags or the travel bags. Your stuff won’t leak on your clothes, & when you get to the hotel you can hang up the whole thing in the bathroom (or on a tree in the woods), & it’ll be organized.
  • Carry extra ziplocs — quart & gallon sized. They have a zillon uses,are light, & you can see what’s in them.
  • Buy a scrubby thing that you can put soap in. You can use it for a washcloth, & the soap will dry pretty quickly if hung up, & even if it’s still wet — you don’t have to handle it (drop the whole thing in a ziploc).
  • Bandanas are great. They hold your hair & can be tied into bags to carry just a few items when you don’t want to carry your whole purse (this is actually something I learned from the Chinese).
  • I carry an extra duffle that can be packed absolutely flat. On the way home we will have more luggage allowance, & you can use it for your clothes, so you can put your purchases in the suitcase. Also, it’s nice to have in case you have wet or smelly clothes (also where ziplocs can come in handy).
  • I’m going to bring a couple of paperback books: Water for Elephants and something else yet to be determined. If several people will bring books we can swap them around for that long plane ride.

If anyone sees anything I left off my list, please let me know!



Toiletries & incidentals:

  • Shampoo (3 oz)
  • Conditioner (3 oz)
  • Soap
  • Soap scrubby pouch thing
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • q-tips
  • sunscreen
  • aloe vera (3 oz)
  • Ziplocs
  • Feminine stuff
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Toilet paper
  • Electric adapters
  • Ponytail holders
  • Clippie
  • smokes


  • 3 shirts
  • 3 pants
  • 6 underwear
  • 1 nice pants
  • 1 nice blouse
  • 3 camies
  • 1 pr shoes
  • 2 bras
  • 6 underwear
  • 3 bandanas
  • caftan (to wear around room, etc)
  • gown


Electronics (*some of the extra electronic accessories will probably end up in checked bag):

  • Laptop
  • Charger
  • Converter for plane
  • Digital camera
  • Extra memory card
  • USB cord*
  • 2 sets batteries*
  • battery charger*
  • cell phone charger*


  • Phenergan (nausea)
  • Lomodil (diarrhea)
  • Xanax (flight anxiety – Trust me. You want me to have this.)
  • 1 round antibiotics
  • Hydrocodone (just in case)
  • Sinus meds
  • Advil
  • Probiotics


  • Inflatable pillow
  • slippers
  • Security waist belt
  • Passport
  • Air ticket
  • Insurance cards
  • Travel insurance papers
  • Check card
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • lotion
  • Lip sunscreen
  • Carmex
  • Lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Cell phone
  • Extra glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Brush
  • Travel mug
  • MP3 player
  • 2 paperback books
  • Chinese phrase book

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