Packing Essentials

Now that I’ve settled on which bag to keep, the purple from last week, it is time to think about all the other things I carry when traveling.  I didn’t list everything when I was trying out the bags, although everything fit in the bag and purse I normally carry.  I thought today would be a good day to write out my list of essentials that are non-clothing.

 

Green Side Effect —

  • This green pouch is a Side Effect by Tom Bihn, it is my normal everyday purse.
  • This is the only bag I open once seated on a plane.  Until seated, it is stuffed into the sling backpack
  • slim wallet (ID and money)
  • ear buds
  • iPhone
  • lip balm
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • reading glasses, slim
  • bandana
  • snack:  apple, nutrition bar, or trail mix

Sling backpack —

  • green bag stuffed in until seated, so this is my personal item
  • solar charger and iPhone cable
  • iPhone stand
  • Kindle cable
  • 3-1-1 bag (Dr Bronner’s, antiseptic wipes, skin fuel, and toothpaste) — gets tucked into my red organizer/toiletry kit once through security and at the gate)
  • insulated Klean Kanteen
  • passport sized notebook and pen
  • sunglasses

Organizer/Toiletry Kit goes in main body of carry-on

  • contact case, contact solution (travel size)
  • toothbrush, tongue scraper
  • comb, razor, mascara
  • Dr Bronner’s soap, sink stopper, and clothes line
  • deodorant
  • Akamai soap/shampoo, skin fuel, and toothpaste (REVIEW coming soon)
  • glasses
  • very small foldable shopping tote (size of a small apple)

—–> Coming soon: minimalistic toiletries and an Akamai review

 

 

Trying out Luggage, 3

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LL Bean Carryall Rolling Underseat Bag
16 x 14 x 9 (24 L)

This bag/suitcase is only a tiny bit bigger than the small duffle from last week, but it is much easier to pack. I like that it rolls and therefore keeps the weight off my back and shoulders.

I filled it up and pulled it all over the place. It’s quiet, pulls nicely, and I didn’t have any trouble with the handle collapsing.

A couple of things keep it from being a perfect bag:  the gussets at the bottom of the front flap and the side pockets. The gussets are great if you plan to open the bag mid-flight as they keep the front flap up almost half-way. That makes for some tough packing moments though. I cut mine off and found my packing time cut nearly in half. I use my purse to hold everything I need mid-flight. The side pockets are nice, but if you stuff too much in there the bag begins to bulge.  Too much bulge will make it nearly impossible to fit it under the seat.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)  :: A lot of things in my purse would also fit in this bag. I just like having them separate.

LL Bean fitness dress x3
undershort x3
cardigan (light) x2
shoes: flats
shoes: sport sandals
UV hat
swimsuit
pjs
LL Bean perfect pant
tshirt x3
socks x3
underwear x5
bra x2
Turkish towel
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
3-1-1 bag

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I also had a purse with:
iPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
kindle paperwhite
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff

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Trying out Luggage, 2

LL Bean Duffle, small
18x9x9

This bag is a true carry on size.  It could easily fit under the seat (along with a purse) or in the overhead bin.  While this bag seems much smaller than the medium bag, I was amazed when the exact same packing list almost fit in this bag.  The only things that didn’t fit were the Turkish Towel and either one sweater or one pair of pants. The towel could be squeezed into my purse though.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)

LL Bean fitness dress x3
undershort x3
cardigan (light)
shoes: flats
shoes: sport sandals
UV hat
swimsuit
pjs
LL Bean perfect pant/capri x2
tshirt x3
socks x3
underwear x5
bra x2
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
3-1-1 bag
I also had a purse with:

IPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
kindle  paperwhite
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff

Wearing: LL Bean perfect pant Capri, t-shirt, cardigan, and trainers

Trying out Luggage, 1

LL Bean, medium rolling duffle
23x11x10

This bag is technically too big to be a carry-on which is such a shame. Although it is less than 45 inches, it won’t fit in the 21x14x9 guidelines. Hopefully LL Bean will trim a few inches off and they’d have a great bag.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/warm weather)

  • LL Bean fitness dress x3
  • undershort x3
  • cardigan (light) x3
  • shoes: flats
  • shoes: sport sandals
  • UV hat
  • swimsuit
  • pjs x2
  • LL Bean perfect pant x2
  • tshirt x3
  • socks x3
  • underwear x5
  • bra x2
  • Turkish towel
  • LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
  • 3-1-1 bag

I also had a purse with

  • IPhone, charger, stand
  • solar battery pack
  • kindle paperwhite
  • Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
  •  Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
  • normal purse stuff

 

Week 11-13

It’s been a very quiet few weeks.  We reached that point where everything we’re doing to prepare for our journey is little steps.  Each of us has a few areas of our personal stuff where we just aren’t willing to let go until the time is nearer.

The yard work is now taking enough time that we aren’t getting house repair projects started, completed, or even thought about.  Although I must say, the outside looks amazing! The garden is mostly planted and we’ve had some great salads and tasty strawberries.  The blackberries are really flowering, so we should have an abundance of fruit soon.

We’ve signed our home up for 100% wind energy.  To help lower the bill and be better keepers of the planet, we’ve been working on making some changes.  These changes will also help us when we take the next step of our journey.

Here’s our week 11-13 list:

  • solar chargers for iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other “microUSB” type things.
  • solar lights (two so far, adding a couple each month) for each person and room.
  • KM continuing language lessons
  • analyzing our water consumption and attempting to get it within sustainable levels for our primary goal
  • We had a bit of a financial set-back, so our numbers look about the same as the last check-in.
  • Trying new natural personal care products.  Akamai so far is the winner!  They have a 3-in-1 bar (soap, shampoo, shaving), a toothpaste, and a skin fuel (mix of oils) that are amazing, priced well, and minimal packaging.  My lip balm is from Hurraw.  That leaves me only using regular mascara, SPF tinted lip balm, and contact solution.
  • Making plans to travel a bit:  Scotland and Eastern Africa are my goals. If we sell the house and have enough saved, I’d like to see both places before settling into a new life. So now our “A Family’s Journey . . . will include some bit-time dreaming about travel.