As you are reading this, Shannon and I are starting the first day of our RTW trip in St. Petersburg. It’s been a crazy couple of days – moving out of our apartment, packing for our trip, finishing our last days of work and saying goodbye to family and friends.
If you had asked me a few months ago which of these things would have been the least difficult, I would have hands down said “packing for the trip.” How many trips have I packed for? How many times have a waiting until the midnight hours before, thrown a few items into a bag and been fine? This time should be no different.
How wrong I was.
It started out well enough. Shannon and I had a quick conference regarding what we each planned to pack and we assembled the things we planned to bring in our apartment’s (newly) empty room.
This picture above shows both Shannon’s and I things. What you can probably spot (which we at the time could not) is that it was WAY to much for this trip. But, we set it all out and felt good about our situation. We congratulated ourselves and headed out for some good bye drinks.
It wasn’t until we got home that we started thinking we had too much. So we carefully went through and eliminated about 40% of our planned items. Then we packed our bags.
It in no way fit. It didn’t even come close to fitting.
This time, there was no careful elimination. We simply threw things out our bags and randomly attempted to narrow down our choices. Here’s what I ended up with:
Still a lot huh? But at least if fits.
Here was the main issue of our trip. If you remember our RTW itinerary, you remember that we are traversing several different climates and participating in several different activities. We needed warm clothing, layers, hiking boots, swim suits and summer clothing. We need modest clothing for temples and sun dresses for beaches. We need cards and food for the Trans – Mongolian and thick socks for our trek to everest base camp. We needed it all.
Here’s a quick break down of what I am brining:
- Four V-neck t-shirts (one for sleeping and one work “working out.”)
- One warm sweater
- One white long sleeve shirt
- One loose patterned long sleeve shirt
- One thermal black shirt for layering
- Four tank tops
- One pair of jeans
- One pair of light weight khaki pants
- One Pair of khaki shorts
- One pair of sweat pants
- Two pairs of atheltic shorts
- Three sun dresses
- Macbook air
- Digital Camera
- Headphones (not pictured)
Not so bad right? Then we have the chargers (ugh)
Luckily I was able to contain it all pretty well:
Shoes and Socks
- One pair Hiking Boots
- One Pair of Keen water/walking shoes
- One pair of flip flops
- One pair of converse walking shoes (not pictured)
- Two pairs of hiking socks
- One pair of white ankle socks
- Two bathing suits
- One rain jacket
- One scarf
- One cardigan
- One thick black jacket
Food (Mostly for the Trans-Mongolian)
- Two boxes granola bars
- A bunch of tea
- A bunch of oatmeal
- One jar peanut butter
- Four packs beef jerky
- Camping Mug (Not pictured)
- Universal Converter
- Lip Gloss
- Flash Drives (3)
- Passport Photos
- Nail Clippers
- Hair Clip
- Head lamp (not pictured)
- Extra Plastic Bags (not pictured)
- Playing Cards (Not pictured)
I also have a toiletries kit, underwear and a first aid kit which you can see in the picture above.
I’ll spare you the details of my underwear and my toiletries but here’s whats in my first aid kit:
- Altitude Sickness Pills
- Malaria Pills
- Sleeping Pills (for overnight trains and the like)
- Ciphro antibiotic
- Band Aids
- Anti-Itch Cream
- Lip Balm
- Bug Spray
- Anti-Infection Cream
- Nasal Congestion Pills
Here are the three bags I am bringing:
And here’s me in the airport looking a hot mess ready to go:
In case you are wondering, my big pack weighed in at 11.6 lbs.