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So, I have a lot of stuff. Especially clothes. This makes packing hard for me because I just want to bring it all. I come up with too many “What if’s” when I’m packing. Like way too many. I tend to go through the list of “Oh, maybe I’ll want to go out one night” or “What if the weather is totally wrong and I need three pairs of pants and a sweatshirt and boots on the Galapagos Islands?!” These questions make packing hard.
Packing for Slovenia though, I forced myself to pack less than usual, but I still had more than enough of everything and could have pared it down even more. So I bring to you, my packing list for ten days in Slovenia.
This is my backpack. It’s an REI Vagabond tour 40 pack. Those are my packing cubes. Ebags I believe. This is what I used to pack everything. A 40L backpack. This was hard to wrap my head around when I was buying it. However, I know if I had a bigger bag, I would fill it, which would lead to me not being able to lift it, which of course, would be a problem.
I did this trip carry-on only and it actually worked out perfect. That’s another reason I chose and love this backpack, but more on this another time.
This is what I brought for electronics. I tried to keep it light and think I did a pretty good job.
- iPad + charger
- Kindle + charger
- iPhone + charger
- Camera + batteries + charger + 16GB memory card + 2 8GB memory cards (I would get a carrying case, too)
- Notebook/travel journal
- Central America guidebook – I thought I would have more free time to look through it, could have gone without it
Time for the toiletries. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, like ever, outside of eyeliner and mascara. So I guess this is a good thing, less to carry! All of my toiletries and what not fit into my Betsey Johnson makeup bag.
- 2 conditioners (travel size)- I have a lot of hair and use obscene amounts of this.
- 1 Shampoo (travel size) – (I would recommend LUSH solid shampoo now)
- Deodorant (travel size)
- Toothbrush + toothpaste
- Mascara (or this one)
- Bobby pins
- Hand sanitizer
- Yes to Blueberries face wipes
- Black sparkly nail polish + orange sparkly nail polish
- Halls cough drops + vitamin c drops – These I took out and put in a Ziploc bag for easier storage.
- Lotion – I did not end up bringing this, but wish I did
- Allergy tablets
- Not pictured: Bandaids
What I should have had: Ibuprofen or something similar, Qtips, nail file, nail clippers, small nail polish remover, lipstick (maybe two, I like my lipstick)
This is what I brought for clothes + a sweatshirt that I wore most of the time and did not keep in my backpack at all. I did put it in there once and it took up a lot of room.
- 5 t-shirts
- 2 cami tank tops
- 5 tank tops
- 1 swimsuit – could have gone without, but wasn’t sure how weather would be so I figured why not
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 1 pair of jean shorts
- 1 pair of athletic shorts
- 1 pair of yoga pants – could have done without these, or with better workout type pants
- 1 scarf
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 3 pairs of shoes – TOMS, adventure sandals, and another pair of dressy/casual shoes
I ended up getting a shirt as part of the tour and buying a couple so I had way more than I needed and could have left some at home. I had one for everyday, but could have doubled up some. I was worried about the jeans, but ended up wearing them almost everyday and my jean shorts only a couple times. Yoga pants were for the flight then fit weird after one long wear or a few short wears. I only wore them twice and decided I need better ones.
I like shoes a lot. They make up a pretty decent size portion of all the stuff I have that I mentioned earlier. I accidentally chose all three pairs in a gray color, which happened to match everything. I did not bring tennis shoes for walking because I figured I don’t wear them at home so why would I on the road? My adventure sandals got their name for a reason. They allow for maximum comfort, or at least pretty high for Target sandals, while still being stylish and good for any weather that is not cold. The TOMS were great because, well, they’re TOMS. Cute, comfy, and lightweight. I was happy with all of my shoe choices.
This was all of my shirts in one packing cube. These things can fit a lot of stuff in them. I was very impressed and don’t know how I traveled without these in the past. It’s so much easier to unpack and find things too. Great decision to get them. 10/10, would buy again.
We’re a rare breed, us sock sleepers. Yes. I don’t sleep barefoot. I may have gone overboard with my 14 pairs of socks, but I needed at least one pair for every night! I wore socks with none of my shoes. They were all for sleeping. Yes. I’m weird, I know. Re-wearing socks to bed is almost as bad as sleeping barefoot because they slide off then and I won’t be having any of that now, will I!
This was everything I brought with me. It all fit in the backpack with a little room to spare. It was not too heavy and I had everything I needed. I wouldn’t have changed much of what I brought, other than maybe a little less, but hey, it was a trial run for my longer trip. I was really trying to avoid having to wash stuff on this trip which I did successfully.
Are you an over packer? How do you make packing easier? What is something you always bring with you?