Saturday, May 28, 2011

Packing Light

Okay, I'm off to Kenya today!  Because we'll always be on the move while in Kenya, my husband and I decided to only take a backpack a piece!  We will be there for 2 weeks, so that means we had to pick and choose the essentials!  One of my blog followers had a great idea for me to do a post about how I would fit everything I needed!  It was fun to pack, I've got to say, and thanks to Of the Fountain, it's here for everyone to see!  Speaking of going to Kenya, that also means I won't be blogging for the next couple of weeks.  I will be back mid-June with lots of pictures and stories to share, though!  Look forward to all the blogging material I'll get while I'm there:)
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!


  1. Wow! You were able to fit a decent amount of stuff in your backpack! I just got mine the other day and I thought I would only be able to fit like 1 outfit in it. Perhaps I should actually go test what will fit in it. :)

    This gives me hope! Thanks for the post. :)
    Have a kickass time on your tip!

  2. Have a wonderful and safe trip! It is amazing how much stuff you were able to pack into such a small bag.