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Packing - Ack!

Written on: Saturday March 18th, 2006

A journal entry from: Mexico 2006

When it comes to packing, Kevin and I have very different approaches. He?s the casual packer, seems to instantly know what to pack, rolls everything up and he?s done. While, I?m the obsessive packer; I can?t begin until I?ve got a list made in Excel, with tick marks to ensure I don?t forget anything. Then there?s a second list of things from the first list that need to be bought, organized by geographical area of where the stores are located to reduce driving times. I?m a list fiend!

I?m always curious to know what others have packed, to make sure I haven?t forgotten anything. Here?s the list for our trip. We are trying to bring as little as possible, but like all beginning traveller?s we?ll bring too much.

Clothes:

  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 tank tops (for me)
  • 2 bathing suits
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 1 skirt (for me)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 hat
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 1 beach wrap
  • 2 bras (1 sport/1 regular)

Shoes:

  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 1 pair sports sandals
  • 1 pair running shoes (for Kevin)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Small roll of toilet paper for emergencies
  • Earplugs
  • Body soap
  • 15 and 30 SPF Sunscreen
  • Eye drops
  • Glasses/Contact Lenses/Solution
  • Small face cloth
  • Skin cream
  • Hairbrush/Hair elastics
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Water treatment tablets

Medical Kit

  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-Malarial Pills
  • Cypro
  • Pain-relievers
  • Immodium
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rehydration Tablets
  • Chapstick
  • Gravol
  • Acid Reducer

Photography:

  • Digital Camera
  • Batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Travel Tripod

Miscellanous

  • Book to read
  • Travel Guides and Phrasebook
  • Journal
  • Moneybelt
  • Mosquito Coil
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • MP3 Players
  • Headlamps
  • Ziplock bags
  • Water Bottles/Duct Tape
  • Rope/Clothespins
  • Snorkelling Gear

Paperwork:

  • Passport
  • Money (Pesos, USD, emergency Traveller?s Cheques)
  • Credit Cards/Debit Cards
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Vaccination records
  • Photocopies

Hope this helps anyone trying to prepare their own packing list. Kevin is going to have the lighter bag and I?m going to have all the stuff he forgot to bring and needs once we depart.