QUESTION: Did we forget anything that you would bring?
What to pack has been the backdrop of our lives for the last…two months? This post has been a long time coming.
First off, we are taking a total of 70 pounds broken into four bags. Both our backpacks are 50L, which is the maximum carry on size (but double check the measurements!).
We have LOTS of small sunscreen bottles. From experience, we know that you can’t easily find it in Costa Rica, so we’re taking a bunch. In a pinch we might sell it to tourists for $50 an ounce.
We are taking both Cipro and Azithromycin general antibiotics for stomach bugs (in S. America/Asia respectively), which is how you can tell we are in it for the long haul. Our own bowl and spoon: always helpful, and great for avoiding wasteful to-go containers.
We will undoubtedly write more about how (or if) all of these items come in handy, but I want to touch on a few controversial items.
First, my running shoes. Erin almost asked my parents to leave the room yesterday so she could tell me I’m an idiot for deciding at the last minute to add my running shoes to my current luxury of sandals and light tennies. What can I say? I don’t want to run in non-running shoes.
Hair clippers. So controversial it’s not even in the list below. But when I’m looking clean and handsome after four weeks in the Amazon I’m pretty sure Erin is going to rescind her opposition. Oh and if we blow our budget, we can make some extra cash giving buzzcuts to other travelers.
Silk liners/bed sheets… We debated this at least five times. Cotton bed sheets weigh more, take more space, but are cool in hot climes. Silk liners are light and small and they encapsulate you from cooties, but aren’t helpful in 88 degrees and 90% humidity. So we brought two liners and one sheet. Go figure.
|Day Bag||Band Aids||Toothpaste||iPhone||Batteries||3 short sleeve shirts||Drivers License|
|Hip Pack||Tape||Floss||Chargers||Playing Cards||2 long sleeve shirts||Vaccination Cards|
|Ziplock||Gauze||Glasses||Earbuds||Pen and Paper||3 pants||Flight Info|
|Ditty Bags||Tweezers||Contacts||Earbud Splitter||Metal Bowls||2 shorts||Insurance Info|
|Small Dry Bag||Gloves||Vitamins||Camera||Fork/Spoon Combo||5 pairs socks||Credit/Debit Cards|
|Pack Covers||Neosporin||Toilet Paper||Camera Battery Charger||Watch||2 tank tops||Paper copies of passports|
|Travel Cubes||Pain Meds||Sunscreen||Camera Case||Inflatable Pillows||Rain jacket|
|Diarhea Meds||Shampoo||Lens Cloths||Silk Liners & Light sheet||Fleece|
|Antiseptic Wipes||Earplugs||Universal Plug||Binoculars & Harness||4 quick dry underwear|
|Cipro||Hankies||SPOT Locator||Money Belt/Pouch||3 quick dry bras|
|Xanax||Pack Towels||Duct Tape||Sandals|
|Vicadin||Eye Mask||Clothes Line||Sneakers + Alex running shoes|
|Azithromycin||Diva Cup||Door Wedge|
|Bug Spray||Sewing Kit|
|Water Filter||Trash Bags|
|Emory Board||Sink Plug|
|Hair Ties/Barrettes||Laundry Bag|
Three last tokens from home that are neither practical nor controversial for either of us: 1) I clipped a small tuft of our cat Lily’s hair and brought it to remind her of us. It’s like carrying a small rabbit foot–soft and a little creepy. 2) Two little metal Hindu god statuettes from our friend Jessica. They are like religious Micro Machines, and I’m pretty sure they will bring us good luck. 3) Some “Bark More for Mt. Hood” stickers. Cause that’s what I do.