What did Jackie pack for a year long trip??

So.  This was hard.  Really hard.  It’s still hard because just as much as I want some other items that I left at home, (i.e. perfume, Sperry shoes, long cotton blue and white dress, my straw beach hat,) I just as badly wish I had less to carry in my 80L backpack. It’s heavy! Just as the hotel front desk worker in India put it, “HOW do you CARRY that?!”  I ask myself that everyday! haha   Strong like bull.

So what made the cut:

  • 3 pairs of shoes – 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of flip flops, 1 pair of cute sandals –flats of course – I call them my Jesus Sandals, some of you may remember these 😉
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 light jacket with removable hood (this has been clutch since we don’t have an umbrella)
  • 1 long sleeved cotton t-shirt
  • 1 pair of (skinny and stretchy) jeans and 1 pair of long, white cotton pants
  • 2 pairs of Lululemon workout pants –1 capri type and 1 full length type
  • 2 pairs of shorts–1 pair of Nike workout shorts and 1 pair of khaki type shorts
  • 1 pair of light cotton pajama pants
  • 2 pairs of bedtime/lounge around shorts
  • 1 pair of khaki type capri pants (I wear these the most! wish I had another one!)
  • 2 skirts — both cotton, 1 full length and 1 above the knee
  • 1 beach cover up type dress
  • 3 (cute) short sleeve t-shirts –not the kind that are big, baggy and only worn to sleep in
  • about 7 or so tank tops, mostly wife-beater type
  • 4 sports bras and 2 regular
  • about 20 or so pairs of underwear (mine don’t take up much space so why skimp on that?)
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 1 baseball hat (SF Giants)
  • jewelry — 1 watch, 1 pair of earrings, 2 necklaces, 4 bracelets, and my FitBit (leaving out most of my jewelry was hard for me, but has given me an excuse to buy some along the way–hey, its a souvenir AND its something I can wear now!)
  • 1 paperwhite Kindle (thanks Odios!)
  • 1 iPod Nano and headphones, my iPhone, and 1 underwater, point-and-shoot camera (thanks dad!)
  • 1 (infinity) scarf — doubles as a headscarf while visiting Mosques
  • 1 makeup bag, 1 toiletries bag, and 1 medicine bag (I’m a nurse!)

What I’ve acquired along the way:

  • 1 long sleeved flannel shirt
  • 1 t-shirt from Istanbul that says “Hello Dear Ist” (Get it?! I love this! Sean said, “THAT’S  what you bought?!” after I shopped in one store for about 1.5 hours, haha)
  • 1 t-shirt that Turkish airlines gave me when they lost our bags (thanks guys!)
  • 1 travel journal from New Zealand that says, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” on the front  (Sean says, “Why don’t you just type it?!”)
  • Christmas ornaments (or trinkets that we can transform into a Christmas ornament) from each country we visit, including from Saudi Arabia even though we never left the airport — but it’s my favorite one!
  • 1 (engagement!) ring
  • 1 makeshift burqa from India to wear while in Saudi airport for 4 hours

What I’ve ditched along the way:

  • The makeshift burqa, cus let’s face it, it was cheap, ugly, and I was never gonna wear it again
  • My Garmin, since it’s only capable of uploading U.S. maps on it (duh.  Should have checked this before leaving the states. Wah-waaahhh).

I’ve done really well with the clothes that I have, and wish I had more if we go to a nice place, (like 1 time clubbing in Turkey, or a nice restaurant).  In those instances I find myself wearing my “Donkey clothes” as I put it, but in reality, if I brought dressier stuff, I wouldn’t really wear them that much.  Besides, I hate wearing heels anyway! 😛