When it comes to packing, we tend to go overboard. For the most part, it has been my experience that I take a lot of things that I don’t use. For my trip to Roatan, I wanted to make sure I was a savvy packer. The first thing I did was read some blogs…. WOW! There are many, oh so many blogs out there that can prepare you for travel. The top two are:
“My 25 Best Travel Tips” This guy has traveled the world for 10 years!
I recommend the latter because Nomadic Matt is funny!! His wit transcends his writing and that is incredibly appreciated!
I came away with three simple Packing Goals:
- Get a Backpack that can be a carry-on.
- Buy necessities within budget
- Pack SUPER Light
Get a backpack that can be a carry-on. Why? It is convenient, you don’ take the risk of losing your luggage and you don’t overpack. I had a camping backpack with an outside frame, it went to Spain, Germany, Holland, and France with me in the summer of 2003. I was able to carry a LOT. It was held 90L. It was great until my back went out. I was literally laying on the floor, in pain, begging my big sister do to something to make it better. Well, she did. She went to the pharmacy and got a product called A & B. The german pharmacist said it would ease the pain. My sister understood it to be an icy-hot. It was an icy- volcanic hell. I truly felt lava going down my back and started to convulse into an unrhythmic dance of pain while crying and begging for her to fix it, water was poured on, it activated it more, with both of my hands I manipulated my body to take the cream off while tears literally rolled down my face… she laughed. She then went to use the bathroom. Needless to say, I had the last laugh.
I was out for the count for a good week. I never used the bag for an extended trip again. I knew that for this trip I would have to find something that would meet my needs and my budget. I visited a few blogs, the ones listed are the top finds:
- The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Travel Backpack 2017 – Family Travel Blog – Travel with Kids
- Backpacks: 28 liters, 30 liters or 40 liters? – Camino de Santiago
- The Best Travel Backpacks For Traveling Anywhere
- The Best Carry On Backpack: 11 Travel Backpacks Reviewed 2016
After a day at Barton Springs with my friend Marco, we headed to REI and saw the bags, felt them, tried them on and got a sense of what I wanted and what I didn’t I knew what I wanted but I didn’t want to pay $130. Again- I wanted to stay under $100. I ran home and visited a few of my favorite discount spots online:
- www.sierratradingpost.com – everything is 40%+ off
- www.geartrade.com – you can find used-goods for the fraction of the original price
- https://www.rei.com/rei-garage – the online version of the REI Garage Sale- I ALMOST got the Gregory Compass 30 Day Pack
What I wanted was not in my price range. I really liked the Gergory at the REI Garage but the color was a hard sell.
The next week, I asked Laura to come look at the bags at REI again because I had really fallen for the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack the day before with Marco. Would you believe that there was one for 93 bucks! On the shelf! I immediately snatched it up and have to say it is amazing! It is surprising how much you can fit in it! I have already done a weekend trip with it, it is light – it truly fits the description “Lightweight and streamlined, the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack features a tuckaway backpack harness and compression sidewalls that ensure the pack carries comfortably whether half full or maxed out.” I am excited that I can use it as a carry-on! I look forward to many trips with it!
- Two dresses
- Three pairs of underwear (yes this is fundamentally important)
- Microfiber Towel
I want to clarify that the above purchases were inspired by finding out about a fabric called itch-free merino wool. I had no idea this existed but my friend EC told me about it! I looked it up and it is crazy expensive unless you buy it at a discount, I found it at www.sierratradingpost.com . The fabric is temperature regulating, moisture wicking and odor resistant!
- Teva Sandals- I have wanted a pair of these forever!
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I am already wearing the sandals and they are SUPER comfortable!!Relefree Premium Microfiber Towel for Travel, Sports & Outdoors FREE Hand/Face Towel & Mesh BAG, Antibacterial Quick-dry (Pink)Sold by: ZONGDIAN$13.49
I also purchased some Sports Bras at Below Five and I am going to get some $5 shorts at the Dollar Store.
I literally have everything I need for my TRIP!
Now to my packing list:
- Sun tan lotion (it is pricey in Roatan)
- Aloe vera (it is pricey in Roatan)
- 3 pairs of panties (thongs)
- 3 pairs of full undies (to sleep in)
- 3 Tanks
- 2 low key dresses
- 2 nice dresses
- 3 pairs of shorts
- Teva Sandals, for adventure!
- Nice Flat Sandals, for dinners 🙂
- A long skirt (it can also be a dress)
- A short skirt (it can also be a dress)
- A rain jacket
- 1 pair of yoga pants
- 3 bikinis
- 5 sports bras
- Yoga mat
- Phone and Computer Chargers
- A quick dry towel
- Copies of all important documents
- On the go – Laundry detergent
- Diving gear Page 2. The things all divers need)
I have to constantly remind myself that I am going to Roatan- they have with stores- all I need to start is enough to set up camp comfortably 🙂
Did I forget anything????
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