Here's what I packed:
- 3 Dresses
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of pants
- 5-6 tank tops
- 3 shirts
- 1 small first aid kit (bandaids, medicine, etc)
- 2 swim suits
- 1 plastic bag of liquid essentials (all travel size, of course, because of airport security rules). This included sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, shave gel, toothpaste, and bug spray.
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 1 pair of leggings
- 10 pairs of "unders" and a few sports bras
First, I laid everything out and organized. This made me get rid of a couple of extra shorts and dresses (yes, I actually originally had more than what I listed, if you can believe that)!
Next, make sure you have the true "essentials," like your first aid kit and toiletries. I can live without my favorite pair of shorts if I have to, but I can't forget my anti-malaria medicine!!
Make sure you have a good size backpack. This one isn't too big - small enough to feel comfortable carrying around all day long, but larger than your average school kid backpack. It is Deisel brand, and we bought it online for about $50.
Then, ROLL all your clothes. This makes them small and compact. I put the larger rolls in the bottom to give it a good base. Don't forget that you can also fill the sides of the bag along the zipper!
It all fits!! Now if I can just get it zipped, it will be a success...
SUCCESS!! On my way to KENYA!