The Definitive Warm-Weather, Summer-Long Packing List

packing

On trips, I’m a notorious over-packer. I love to over-prepare and dream up all sorts of situations I could find myself in:

What if I’m invited to a fancy beachside restaurant by a vacationing investment banker?

What if I’m working in a cafe then want to head to the jungle for ziplining?

What if there’s a chilly night that’s not technically chilly but I’ll be cold because I’m so used to the hot weather by then?

Domestically and on road trips, this habit is passable; if I stuffed a few unworn outfits into my carryon on a weekend getaway, it’s not a big deal. Internationally, it’s harder to get away with. Two summers ago, on a 6-week long trip to Spain and Turkey, I packed five pairs of shoes into my suitcase, including a pair of wedges. I wore two of them (not the wedges). I had to send my wedges–along with a couple skirts, a dress, and one of two jackets I brought–back home, which set me back a pretty Euro.  I was a little better in November for my 12-day Costa Rica trip, when I limited myself to one backpack. Cut to now, when I’m preparing for a trip that will last at least three months. I am driving myself insane.

True to Virgo form, I gathered various packing lists from various sources, and came up with my own:

Tops

  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Light-weight hoodie
  • Light-weight button-down
  • Camis (2)
  • Basic tanks (2)
  • “Nicer” tanks (2)

Bottoms

  • Jean shorts
  • Cargo crops
  • Jersey shorts
  • Convertible dress
  • Non-yoga leggings

Beach

  • Rashguard
  • Swimsuits (2)
  • Sarong

Yoga Ish

  • Travel mat
  • Towel (for beach/shower/yoga use)
  • Yoga leggings
  • Yoga capris (2)
  • Yoga tops (2)

Unmentionables

  • Bra (2)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Socks (3 pair)
  • Long, light PJ pants
  • Shampoo bar
  • Lotion bar
  • Diva Cup
  • Toothbrush
  • Tongue Scraper
  • Makeup/moisturizer

Shoes

  • Flip flops
  • Hiking sandals
  • Sneaks
  • Strappy sandals

Wellness!

  • Probiotics
  • Triphala
  • Cranberry Extract
  • Echinacea
  • Tea tree oil

Tech

  • Laptop
  • Phone (doubling as my camera)

Misc

  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Journal/Pens
  • Flashlight
  • Book

I know, I know: Everyone says to take what you’re packing and put half back in your closet. Screw that, this is as bare bones as I get. I did a pretty good job, no? Anything I missed that I should include? Or something I should definitely leave out?


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