One of the things I struggle with most for MicroAdventuring is packing. It’s so hard to know what sort of thing I might want to have with me, in a couple days. What if I decide I don’t like this particular shirt after all? Or if I lose a button? I’ve had to work really hard at learning to be a light packer, but I feel like I’ve done pretty well with it.
This last weekend, my husband and I were heading out for a 4-day road trip. It’s summer time, and we were heading through warm country. The weekend would be casual, so no need for dress-up clothes. We’d be staying at a lake for two days. And I also needed to work on the road the whole time, so needed my laptop. Here’s what I brought.
- REI Half Dome backpack (I got this at a yard sale years ago, and REI doesn’t carry it any more. You can still find a few on eBay. I’m guessing that this one is roughly the current equivalent http://www.rei.com/product/869835/rei-full-lode-daypack )
- Laptop, felt case, and charger
- sunhat and sunglasses
- sunscreen (I hate sunscreen, but sometimes you gotta have it. At least the spray-on kind doesn’t get my hands all goopy.
- 3 tank tops
- 1 sweater
- 1 swimsuit, 1 coverup
- 2 long-sleeve sunshirts
- 1 pair shorts
- P-style (review of this bad boy coming soon. One of my most useful MicroAdventuring tools, seen here wrapped in a bandanna)
- water bottle
- first aid kit
- toiletries (hairbrush, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, earplugs (! important !), couple necklaces, lipstick, mascara, clippers)
- 3 bras
- 3 pair socks
- 5 pair underwear
- 2 pair bandalettes (a remarkable invention for those of us who like to wear skirts. Also great for kilts and short shorts. I mostly love them for being useful, but they look pretty awesome too.)
- 1 skirt
- 1 long pant
- 1 leggings
- (not pictured) 1 pair flip flops
And here is what that looks like when you roll it up and pack it carefully.