Hey guys! I’ve made a little list for everything I was carrying with me when we recorded our packing videos in early 2015.
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Everything fits in my 22L Patagonia Backpack (mine is very similar to their newer 24L Yerba backpack.) My backpack is definitely starting to wear out, but it has been a trusty companion for a long time (we’ve used it daily for a few years now!) I love the size and internal organization on this bag. It’s very sturdy and still comfortable enough for walking around a new city when it’s fully packed.
Just a basic scoop neck tee with the added benefit of Merino wool. This shirt keeps it’s shape really well and it takes most of a week to even start to smell.
Patagonia Layering Racerback Tank Top
This tank top is made of a really comfortable material, so I wear it often! It also takes a long time to smell, so I don’t have to worry about washing it often. The only downside to this shirt is that it has stretched out quite a bit over time and probably isn’t the most appropriate thing to wear by itself anymore. It’s still great for layering with other tanks or a sports bra, so I usually wear it to bed or when working out.
A hand-me-down from a friend that I got years ago. It’s been a great addition to my wardrobe because it’s just long enough to pair with leggings when it’s cold. Great for a cover up on the beach too!
I usually wear this to bed, but I also use it as an extra layer when it’s cold. I find having a basic, thin camisole or tank top is always good to have around.
Nike Running Shorts
I found these second hand a while ago and love them! They’re pretty basic, with an interior pocket to stash an id and a key. I use them for lounging around the house and working out.
J Crew Chino Shorts
Again, I found these second hand before we started traveling. I chose these as my main pair of shorts as they are a little nicer than something like jean shorts or cargo shorts. They’re also a bit longer than many women’s shorts, so they’re appropriate for more cultures and occasions. Even though they are “nicer” shorts, I’ve also worn them on long hikes when I want something a bit more durable than running shorts.
Zella Live-In Leggings
These are definitely my favorite leggings out of all the leggings I’ve ever owned. I actually did some research before buying these and have had them since our first trip to Europe in 2014. The material is thick enough to be worn on their own for cold weather, but breathable enough to still be worn in late spring. They also have a bit of extra fabric sown in around the crotch area, meaning that they don’t stretch out weirdly anywhere else. Because they only have a seam on the inside of the leg, they’re also nice enough to be worn with skirts and tunics without looking too “techy.” They also have a nice little pocket at the top that fits credit cards or an extra id!
Levi Skinny Jeans
I’ve had these for a while and they’re definitely my favorite pair of jeans. Mine are a sort of thick, deep blue denim that has slowly faded overtime. I’ve used lighter pants, like these REI ones, but I love nice jeans so much I was never happy with other options. They’re honestly a bit heavier than I’d like for packing, so I typically wear them on travel days.
Victoria Secret Bra
Just a basic t-shirt bra that’s good for everyday wear.
Target Sports Bra
This actually isn’t my favorite bra, but I’m listing it since it’s in the video. I tend to prefer sports bras with a bit of padding, and this one had none. For the longest time I was stubborn and didn’t want to buy a new one, so I would just stick some spare pads in there (but, of course, they fell out every time I went for a run!) I now have one with pads, but it’s still just a basic sports bra that’s good enough for slightly higher activity sports, like running. For both this bra and the one I have now, I stuck to one with good coverage so I could wear it without a top (in situations where that’s appropriate, like by the beach.)
Patagonia Barely Bra
I love this bra because it’s super-duper comfortable! It has bit less support than a normal bra, so I tend to wear it for long travel days where I’m wanting a bit of extra comfort. Even without the normal support, this bra still tends to look ok with tees and tighter shirts. (This is another no-pad bra, but you can put pads in there just like you would with a swim suit top.)
ExOfficio Bikini Briefs and Patagonia Active Hipster Briefs
I used to stick solely to my Exofficio underwear, but have recently switched. The main appeal of the ExOfficio briefs is being able to wear them longer between washes and also being able to wash them easily by hand. While both of these things are true, I’ve found that all of my pairs have begun to stretch out WAY beyond what is comfortable to wear!
I’ve recently fallen in love with the Active Hipster Briefs from Patagonia. They haven’t stretched like the ExOfficio’s have and the material is much, much comfier. They are just as easy to wash by hand as the Exofficios, but they don’t dry as quickly or last as long between washes though. I’m still looking for something that would check all the boxes, but the Patagonia ones are good for now.
I love cardigans because they’re light, suitable for lots of occasions, and comfortable. They’re the perfect lightweight jacket or extra layer for me. I have a grey one that I got second hand and is made from a Merino wool blend.
Merino Wool Pullover – Ibex Hooded Indie
I mainly have this because it was a steal of a deal at an REI garage sale and I couldn’t resist. I use this for running or as an extra layer when we’re in really cold climates. The Merino wool is super comfy, yet still breathable and lightweight enough for activities like running or biking. It takes a while to smell so I rarely have to wash it.
Patagonia Houdini Jacket
This thing is lifesaver. I take this with me almost everyday as a “just in case” layer. I love that it’s so light because it means I can easily stuff it in my backpack without it taking up a ton of space. It’s great for a light rain and as an extra layer in the cold.
UNIQLO Packable Down Jacket
Good jackets are one of the most difficult things to pack when trying to pack so light. I love this jacket because it packs down so small, but it also really warm. It also has a great price point compared to most other packable jackets. For especially cold weather, I’ll pair this with my Patagonia Houdini Jacket and that keeps me nice and toasty.
Two Piece Swimsuit
A two piece swimsuit from Lole. I prefer a two piece and I love mine one because it has pretty good coverage. It’s lasted a long time and dries pretty quickly in humid climates too!
Scarves are my one of weaknesses. I try to convince myself I need another one in almost every country we go to! Needless to say, they’re super comfortable and versatile. I have used them as a hood, or as a wrap when I forgot a jacket. Depending on the material and size, you can even use them as a skirt or top in a pinch! One of these was given to me as a gift and the other I bought in China.
This thing is a staple! While I love wearing normal scarves, the versatility of a buff can’t be beat.
Bedrock Syncline Sandals
Nick was the first one that introduced me to these sandals and I’ve fallen in love! I use them for everything.
MacBook Air 11″
The 11″ MacBook Air is an amazing laptop. Mine is a first generation MacBook Air, but it still runs like a champ. Most of what I need to do is online, so the speed of the computer does just fine. Because mine is a bit old, it recently started having issues running more than one hefty program at once (like Photoshop). Overall though, you can’t beat the versatility this thing offers. I feel comfortable sitting at the smallest of cafe tables and I can still accomplish a lot with such a small screen.
I upgraded to the iPhone 6 last December and love it! It does everything I need. I like the screen size because it’s comfortable enough for reading, while still being small enough for me to hold in one hand.
External Hard Drive
I keep pretty much everything on this thing. While I also use services like Dropbox a lot for work, it’s also nice to have a physical backup. I use it to keep backups of my computer, and to store a lot of documents. I try to not keep much more than what I’m currently working on on my computer, so everything else ends up on the hard drive!
Basic headphones that are comfortable enough for long periods of time. They have also served me well for running and working out.
I use this for drawing and also as an external touchpad. Using a pen is much more ergonomic than using a touchpad, and I find the variety nice at times. It’s extremely useful for design work as well.
Eagle Creek Cube
I carry a bunch of miscellaneous things (like nail clippers, a few hair accessories, extra credit cards, etc.) in this small zipper bag.
GoToob of Earthpaste
After hearing more about how bad many of the ingredients are in conventional toothpaste, I decided to switch to a more natural option. I highly recommend Earthpaste for anyone still wanting to use something more eco-friendly and better for your health! (The only weird thing about Earthpaste is that it doesn’t foam up or feel the same as normal toothpaste. This can take a while for some people to get used to.)
Regular deodorants also have all sorts of nasty chemicals in them, so I opt to use more natural options instead.I actually don’t use this much because I don’t usually smell much!
I prefer to use a men’s razor because I feel like I get a better shave! It’s also pretty easy to replace the blades on these almost anywhere in the world.
Some people are super turned off to this idea, but it’s actually incredibly good for oral hygiene. I prefer this metal one to the plastic kind.
Organic & Vegan Makeup
I currently buy all of my make up from 100% Pure. I started to have bad reactions to a lot of common makeups brands, so I wanted to find something that is way better for my skin. I love 100% Pure because not only do they use natural things in their makeup, but it’s all fruit based. They are the only brand that I know of that makes their makeup from fruit! There are many brands of natural make up that use are “mineral-based”, but I love the fruit based makeup much more.
Eco Tools Makeup Tools
I love these because they are cruelty free and eco-friendly!
I have a simple armband that I use for running and working out. The plastic part over the screen still works with the touchscreen and the size is just big enough to fit my iPhone 6 with the case still on. It also has a little slot where you can stick a key. (I often stick a credit card and id in the back behind my phone.)
Eye mask and earplugs
These are a MUST. Even when we stay in apartments, you just never know when you might need these! They also come in handy for long plane rides and when staying in hostels. This particular kind of eye mask is really good at keeping out the light.
This is one of the best water bottles for travel! They fold up so they are easy to store in a purse or backpack. Great way to free up some extra space!
I actually found these on a hiking trail in Oregon! I have no clue if they are real, but they’re incredibly useful and my favorite pair of sunglasses. Really great for stuffing in a small bag!
I recently started carrying a small clutch with me to keep essentials on me. It’s really useful for travel days when you have to take out your passport every 5 seconds for something. I like the size of this because its perfect for just a few important things, and makes me more conscious of what I’m carrying.
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