Packing time! You guys know I love packing and sharing my packing lists with you. You also know I sometimes go on back-to-back trips that include lots of varied destinations, and I still manage to fit it all in a carry-on.
This time I was heading out for two and a half weeks: 7 days touring Northern California in an RV with my mom and 82-year-old-grandmother, and then straight from there heading to Ecuador for 10 days on an adventure travel trip.
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Ecuador Adventure Activities
On this trip I would be doing the following:
- Hiking (at very high and low altitudes)
- Wine tasting
- White-water rafting
- Jungle trekking
- Horse-back riding
- Hot springing
- Attending a press conference (where I would meet the Minister of Tourism for Ecuador)
Ecuador Packing List
I mention this to show the variety of activities I had to be prepared for, which meant a variety of clothing and gear. Here is what I brought, starting (as always) with the gadgets (non-clothing items):
- Earplugs and eye mask (Read this: 3 Things to Help You Sleep on the Road)
- Glasses x2
- Passport and Travel wallet (Read this: 3 Packing Tips to Carry With You)
- Camera, charger, extra battery (Read this: Canon EOS M Review: A Digital SLR That Fits in Your Pocket!)
- GoPro and accessories (I call it my wand)
- Phone, charger cord, and Portable travel charger
- Laptop and case (you know I work on the road)
- Collapsable water bottle
- Mini binoculars (for the jungle treks and bird watching)
- Travel towel
- Toiletries (shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc.)
- Pills (enzymes, shelf-stable probiotics, Tylenol)
- Dry bag
- Stuff-able day pack
- Warm hat and gloves (highlands in Ecuador are cold!)
- Flip flops, sandals, runners/hikers, some version of non-Toms (my new faves) (Read this: The 3 Best Travel Shoes for Women)
- Travel hairdryer
- Packable purse
Before we go on, here are the things I did NOT use out of the above items: travel hair dryer (I actually took it out of my bag and didn’t bring), binoculars, travel towel, collapsible water bottle.
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Here are the clothes I brought:
- Rain jacket
- Zip-up light-weight fleece
- Merino wool long-sleeved shirt
- Light-weight active top (Carve Designs)
- My go-to travel scarf (you all know it from photos)
- Black maxi dress (rolled up)
- Socks, underwear, bras (in the green stuff pouch)
- 4 Tank tops – one running top, two simple cotton, one cami for layering
- 4 Long-sleeved shirts – simple cotton
- 4 T-shirts – unbranded (plain cotton)
- 2 Running skirts (from Backcountry.com)
- 1 pair of skinny jeans
- 1 long pair of black leggings
- 1 capri length black leggings
- 1 bikini (Carve Designs)
What didn’t I use? Hardly any of the long-sleeved t-shirts. What I should have brought instead are activewear, light-weight tops similar to the yellow one, which I wore constantly over tank tops. It was great for protection against bugs and sun in the humid temps.
Not pictured are my socks – I brought just three pairs: two running socks and one mid-calf, appropriate for rubber jungle boots (brilliant).
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My Mistake with the Luggage Choice
For luggage, I chose a strange combination this time and I’ll be the first to admit it. I did not bring my backpack, I actually brought a suitcase on this trip.
Since I was also bringing my laptop, I brought a carry-on bag with a laptop sleeve and plenty of space as well. The suitcase worked out just fine (I prefer to have a suitcase if my bag is going to be transported for me, as it was in Ecuador), but I should have brought my REI Traverse instead of the carry-on bag.
It would have been more comfortable to carry with all the weight I put in it. However, I still had a backpack to use (don’t forget the stuff-able day pack) which I did use constantly. I appreciated having this, because I could easily stow it and pull it out when I needed it, without having to unpack or repack any items (as I would if it were my carry-on).
What did I wear on the plane? Slip on shoes (easy on-off), super comfortable skinny jeans (no pockets, no belt – easy for security), a tank top and a lightweight top for versatility. Hair down and ready for adventure.
Questions? Hit me up in the comments. Happy travels!!