So I’m getting ready to embark on the longest vacation of my life. One month in New Zealand. My plan is to pack for about a week and do laundry a few times while on the road (many of the places we booked indicated they had laundry facilities). We did some shopping for “travel” clothes and I ended up getting some Columbia pants and shirts because they are lightweight, dry quickly, look nice and are still comfy for some of our long car trips. Variables like weather and activities make it hard to be prepared for all situations.

It all needs to fit in one smallish carry on and one larger suitcase. This is my plan:

  • Pajamas (1)
  • Robe (1)
  • Undies (7)
  • Tops (6)
  • Tank tops (2)
  • Long sleeve denim shirt
  • Pants (3)
  • Capris (2)
  • Skort (1)
  • Swimsuit (1)
  • Raincoat (1)
  • Fleece (1)
  • Hoodie (1)
  • Yoga pants (1)
  • Socks (7)
  • Sandals (2) – Keens for activities and dressier for around town
  • Walking shoes (1)
My carry-on

My carry-on

Now, what about the non-clothing items?

  • Airplane pillow (inflatable)
  • iPad (books, music, games)
  • iPod
  • Nylon backpack for day trips and souvenirs – folds up into a tiny pouch
  • Cell phone – it will mainly be used as my camera
  • Paperback book – for off the grid moments
  • Chargers and converter for electronics
  • Hair dryer and curling iron – maybe, can’t decide on these
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Towel – quick dry
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses
  • Hat
  • GPS

This is beginning to remind me of the George Carlin bit about stuff.