LESS IS MORE!
GENERIC MUST HAVES
Quick dry towel
Locks for luggage as well as padlock for locker at hostels
Dramamine, Tylenol, Tums, and talcum powder
Earplugs and Sleepmask
Toothbrush sanitizer cover
Convertor cord for wall plug-ins
Stain remover (Tide Pen)
Hanging toiletry bag
Ziploc airtight travel bag (for dirty clothes) + extra smaller ziplock bags
Portable charger pack for the phone(s)
Extra phone cords
Puffy jacket that folds into a small pouch
Rain jacket that folds into small pouch
Good travel pack (generally 45L-50L max if plan on flying is a good rule of thumb for carry-on)
Passport holder to wear around neck for travel days
Copies of passports
Couple $100 bills just incase
Extra credit card (non-American Express) to keep at home in case something is lost
Rubber flip flops if staying at hostels
Foldable water bottle
Lightweight travel umbrella
GoToob for liquids
Small first-aid kit
GPS (if renting a car)
MEN'S PACKING ESSENTIALS
The first thing to learn about backpacking is packing light is an absolute must. Have clothes that are comfortable and can be re-worn as you might have to re-wear something. Also, having things that are compact/packable really help save space. The packing itinerary definitely changes with time of year and place traveled, however the time matters less as you will do laundry once a week or so. I like darker colors as they show fewer stains.- John Luke
1 packable Jacket (Patagonia micro-puff jacket)
1 packable rain jacket (Marmot rain jacket)
3 long sleeve shirts (Patagonia, ExOfficio, North Face, Toad&Co., Prana, etc)
2 short sleeve polos (Lululemon, Smartwool)
1 pair of Blue Jeans (Blue Delta Jeans…these are fantastic and don’t stink)
1 pair of Lululemon khakis
1 pair of Lululemon shorts
2 pair of Lululemon workout shorts
2 Lululemon workout shirts
5 pairs of boxers (2 Under, Exxofficio, Under Armour)
2 pairs of long socks and 2 pairs of short socks (I like Darn Tough…wool blends are a must)
2 pairs of shoes…. Invest in some good walking/ tennis shoes and I also brought a pair of Teva hybrid hiking/ walking shoes that could pose as hiking shoes or be dressed up a bit to go out. Shoes really take up a lot of room so try not to over pack!
WOMEN'S PACKING ESSENTIALS!
Okay, okay. I know what you are thinking…”I am a girl, it is SO much harder to pack light.” Guess what? I totally feel you! Full transparency, John Luke had to help me slim down my packing at least 3x’s before our travels. I want you to consider three things while packing:
1) What are your NEEDS?
2) What type of trip are you taking?
3) If you had to carry everything on your back, how does that translate to what your suitcase looks right now?
But, Morgan, I need (a bazillion) options/choices just in case!
In case of what, chica? Even a worst-case scenario does not grant you the excuse to pack your whole house.
Remember, LESS IS MORE.xx, Morgs*