It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for this trip to finally happen. For months I’ve been planning and preparing, daydreaming at work and online shopping while I was supposed to be doing homework… But now the day is almost here! With five days left it was about time I finally started packing for this trip. I will be backpacking in the Philippines and Indonesia for six weeks. It’s a long enough time to be gone that everyone I know (mostly my mother) is extremely concerned about what I should be packing. So here’s what I have so far:
I’m in sort of a dilemma right now. I’ve been told to pack light, but was also told to bring everything that I may possibly need on this six week trek of mine. I had to narrow down to the necessities. Here’s what’s going in my backpack:
CLOTHES: 2 shirts, 2 tanks, 1 jean shorts, 1 athletic shorts, 2 yoga pants, 1 pair of water shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of socks, 4 undies, 1 sweatshirt, 1 jean jacket, 1 windbreaker, two swimsuit tops/sports bras, 1 swimsuit bottom, 1 sunglasses, microfiber towels (multiple sizes)
TOILETRIES: mini face wash, mini face moisturizer, mini deodorant, tweezers, nail clipper and filer, hair ties, bobby pins, body wash, razor, eyelash curler, travel-size comb, contact-lens + case + solution, baby wipes
HEALTH/MEDICATION/CLEANING: SPF 50 sunscreen, face-friendly sunscreen, calamine lotion, bandages, Neosporin, rash ointment, insect repellent (35% DEET), anti-diahrea pills, allergy medicine, NyQuil/DayQuil, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, anti-diahrea pills (antibiotics prescribed by doctor), malaria pills (prescribed by doctor), ear drops, lysol wipes, rubber gloves, zip-lock bags, clothes line
MORE: travel-size yoga mat, book (There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer), playing cards
*Note: Since I’m taking my backpack as a carry-on, we’re going to need to check-in another bag to put just our liquids in. This includes sunscreen, insect repellent, shampoo, conditioner, the calamine lotion, and everything else that may be over 100ml (the limit for a liquid container in carry-ons).
I know, it seems like a lot, but six weeks is a long time! As much as I would love to embrace being a care-free spirit the entire time, I have to be realistic and know what my body needs. That being said, make sure to make a checklist for yourself of things you need to do before you leave for a huge trip like this. Get your shots, do your research, see if you need to apply for a visa, check your bank’s international withdrawal policy (I recommend opening up a Charles Schwab account for no withdrawal fees), etc.
Now since this is my first go at backpacking, I assure you this list will probably grow (or decrease) depending on how my trip goes! I plan on revamping this list in 6-weeks to see if I missed anything I should have brought or if there’s anything I should of left behind.