screenshot-by-nimbusOne 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.

packing-explodedClockwise from top left (more or less):

  • 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.

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