What do you put into a suitcase for six weeks of travel? I have never been on a trip that lasted longer than two weeks, let alone with just one bag. One carry on bag. I suppose I should back up a few steps. Every seven years, the company I work for grants it’s salaried employees eight weeks of additional paid vacation. You can use this time however you choose, and this magical time is known as sabbatical.
sabbatical noun: a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc.
The worst possible thing that can happen when you are traveling is lost luggage. My first course of action was to identify a single travel bag that would be versatile, functional, and easily fit into the overhead compartment of a standard airplane. After researching several different sites and bags, I settled on the Deuter Transit 50 for its versatility, durability and zip-off daypack. Great for the single traveler hopping on and off of buses, doing day hikes, and without need for all of the extraneous add-ons of typical backpacking packs. I picked it up for $143.00 on Moosejaw.
So, now, I had the bag and we are back to the original question: What do you put into a suitcase for six weeks of travel?
I suppose that depends on where you are traveling, and what you intend to do. I was planning to travel to Costa Rica (3 weeks), Peru (1 week), Argentina (1 week), and Colombia (1 week). This presented a bit of a challenge because I would be doing a mixture of adventure and urban travel. I wanted to snorkel, hike, zipline, tango, attend my first professional soccer match and learn how to surf–among other things. The range in temperature: 40-85 Fahrenheit.
What’s in my bag?
- Journal and pen
- White long-sleeved cotton shirt
- Black Danskin long sleeve mock turtleneck
- Black Prana convertible pants — Best. Pants. Ever.
- Black stretchy pants
- 2 multicolored print scarves
- 2 maxi convertible tube dresses which double as skirts (one black, one animal print)
- 1 black sweater
- 1 cream knitted hoodie (Roxy– love it!)
- 1 sports bra
- 1 cream colored hemp material long skirt
- 1 pair of board shorts
- 1 regular bra
- 1 athletic bikini
- 1 one-piece black halter swimsuit
- Rashguard (this I could have left at home, the surf instructor provided one)
- 1 pair of waterproof socks
- 1 white cotton t-shirt
- 1 black cami
- 1 white cami
- 1 tan cami
- 1 gray cami
- 1 animal print 1/2 t-shirt
- 1 pair mid-calf jean shorts
- 1 pair of cotton long socks
- 1 pair black yoga pants
- 1 island print cotton halter dress
- 1 long sleeve embroidered hemp-material “hippie” shirt.
- 7 pair of underwear
- 1 pair of black gloves
- 1 Orange knit hat
- 1 army green baseball cap
- 1 black Marmot waterproof jacket
- 1 pair Teva TIRRA hiking sandals
- 1 pair Born Elsa sandals
- 1 pair of “fashion” boots
- 1 hobo bag for a more fashionable alternative to the day pack when in an urban setting 🙂
- Norwex towel and washcloth
- 1 Argentinian futbol jersey 🙂
- 2 pair of earplugs
- Electronics: Canon PowerShot D20 waterproof camera, Samsung ATIV 500 Tablet, iPod, 500GB external hard drive (for backing up pics), USB mouse, lightweight Bluetooth keyboard, Droid Bionic, Casio Tough Solar waterproof watch, USB rechargeable flashlight
- Toiletries: Lush body butter (take THAT TSA), Soapwalla Deodorant cream, contact solution, arm & hammer toothpaste, scalp olive oil, shampoo
- Feminine products — I wanted to just take a DivaCup, but, I hadn’t tested it out yet, so I opted for conventional products on this trip.
- Reading (ebooks): Girl Who Played with Fire, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Half the Sky, World War Z, Bossy Pants (audio), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (audio), The New Yorker
- Accessories: Wooden jewelry, sunglasses
- Makeup: 1 mascara, 1 neutral (brown), palette eyeshadow, brow pencil, lip gloss, black eyeliner
- Travel Pharmacy (various medications for traveling, I won’t inventory this, but suffice it to say I am amply prepared for Montezuma’s revenge or any other common disease that besets travelers).
- Outlet adapter, I need to add a 3 prong adapter in this, as presently I only have 2 prongs.
- Water bottle
- Water bladder from my camelback, which I have not used at all!
- Plastic baggies
- Snacks! Lifesavers on long bus rides. I had Lara bars, I have since replaced them with local snacks.
|One bag to rule them all: Deuter Transit 50|
I have been in Costa Rica for two and a half weeks now and I must say that my all-stars have been the convertible pants, hiking sandals, and rain jacket. There were things that I considered putting in my bag, but they just wouldn’t fit, these included: pair of flip flops, tennis shoes (chucks). I will write about each country as I complete my journey there, but I wanted to start with what I put in my bag. Until next time!
|Hippie shirt, jean shorts, and tevas|