Packing my backpack

Packing my backpack

Osprey Ariel 55 Women's Backpack

 I am often asked how I pack my backpack for a trip.  People want to know what I take, how much clothing is necessary and how I fit it all into my backpack.

First off, I have an Osprey Ariel.  I choose this specifically because it has three sections.  The bottom has a zippered section with a removable barrier inside. I put shoes and sandals in there. The entire core section of the pack can be entered through the drawstring top or through a zipper which runs through the center.  It’s a nice feature, and I can pull something from the middle quite easily.  The third section is an attachment pouch to the top; this is where I put my wet items.  This includes; shampoo, sunscreen and insect repellent. I like having it separate from the rest of the pack in case something leaks. When I walk the Camino de Santiago in the fall of 2016, I will need to downsize my pack to a 30-40l.

I try to pack enough to last for a week. Most of the areas I travel to are hot, which means sweating a ton and not necessarily re-wearing clothing. Over the years, I have learned to pack mostly skirts. When mixing with different cultures and using public transportation, most women are dressed very conservatively and I don’t want to be that lady in the short denim shorts.

As I am packing I try to put together outfits and then roll them together. It keeps me from searching everywhere for a specific shirt I need for a skirt. I’ve found rolling is easy and takes up less space.

People ask me if I bring a hair dryer and make-up. I never travel with a hair dryer. I have naturally curly hair so I just let it air dry. A dryer would be too heavy and bulky and I really just try to keep things simple. The same goes for make-up. I may bring a compact of powder as just another barrier with the sunscreen. I’m not one of those backpackers you see with the deep bronze skin. After working in Dermatology for years, I know the consequences of skin cancer and always use my sunscreen.

I made this video as I was packing for a 17 day trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua.  I want to show you the way I pack for a trip.  I know there are many ways to do this, but this is what works for me right now.

Please click the link below for my video:

Packing my backpack

If you have more packing tips or specific questions please leave a comment below.

7 thoughts on “Packing my backpack

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  2. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    1. You are correct, I did rely on the video. I’ll give some thought to this and improve my post.
      Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

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