Oh, the places we’ll go…

Packing List

So many have asked, how do you pack for a year?  How many suitcases are you bringing and how do you accommodate the change in weather?  Well we hope to answer many questions here….

How much do you take for 365 days? 5 outfits is the basic answer.  We, actually me – Sue – decided on traveling light very early on.  My daughters would have taken their whole closet but I wanted a simpler journey and stuck to one 25 lb back pack that is carry-on only.  We following late spring/summer almost the whole trip, which made packing light much easier.  Here is what you will find in our packs:

  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of shorts or capris
  • 3 long sleeved shirts
  • 1 short sleeved shirt
  • one dress for the girls
  • one dress shirt for Josh
  • 2 pairs of PJs
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 bras – josh opted out of this one
  • 1 wool pull-over
  • 1 rain parka
  • 1 bathing suit
  • one bug-off bandana
  • complete ballet outfit for Emma
  • 1 bag of liquids
  • 1 toiletry bag with three pieces of make-up (again, Josh declined!)

In addition to the clothes, each person has one pair of walking shoes, one pair water shoes and one pair of dress shoes.

What other miscellaneous items are you taking besides clothes? There are quite a few little things that are coming with us and we will see if we use them.  If not, we will send them home but here is the list:

  • portable smoke detector
  • iodine drops for water
  • door safety wedge
  • laundry line
  • foldable bowl, cup and spork
  • hat

What medicines are you taking? Health and safety of the kids is my primary concern and we have the portable pharmacy to prove it!  Here is what we have “just in case”:

  • Cipro and z-paks for severe traveler’s diarrhea
  • Anti-malarial pills for 111 days
  • syringes and suture kits to take to a medical facility in case we need emergency help in areas that reuse medical equipment
  • children’s Tylenol and Advil
  • Immodium and Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Benedryl Tablets
  • epi-pens
  • 7 travel bottles of Purell – we will need more
  • bandaids, steri-strip and polysporin

Last, but certainly not lest for the kids, what electronics are we taking??? To be honest, I would love to have done this trip without any but then it would be impossible to share the experience and I think my children would end up killing each other.  They are great kids and get along so well but everyone needs alone time and there is no way to get it on this trip without a pair of headphones and an Ipod.  We are in close quarters all the time and headphones offer some solitude when space is not the option.  We also have schooling to consider and that requires a laptop.  So we aren’t traveling with much, but enough to add some weight.