Requisite packing photo! One bag, 15 pounds, as usual, but a new strategy:
LESS OF THIS:
Extremely light on clothes so I can scoop up new stuff over there. One skirt, one pair of pants, two tops, a shawl, a jacket and a sweater. Less is always more when it comes to clothes.
WI-FI and 3G
I’m going on a tech fast the entire time. Or at least have the intention to do so.
MORE OF THIS:
Heavy on art supplies as I typically cannot find high quality fine art supplies while traveling internationally. These are heavy (especially the sketchbooks) but worth it.
Lots of wifi-free and cellular-free technology! Including, yes, an IPod classic, a jambox, a cord to connect them (because no Bluetooth! Ha!), a camera and my iPad mini (which can connect to wifi but has no cellular). I’m also packing a wireless apple keyboard with a Belkin origami stand for word processing on my iPad.
READING & INSPIRATION
I’m going heavy on the books (all in physical form) with the intention of passing them along to others as I finish them. I’ve also printed out my Evernote account & a handful of photos that have been inspiring my work lately. Paper weight is one of the biggest offenders so unloading this as I go is key.
I have packed lots of rain gear as I’ll be spending a lot of my time outdoors and in the mountains. I hear it rains a lot where I’ll be. I also always bring a compact set of sheets and an inflatable pillow as sometimes hostel bedding can be questionable. Also in the mix is a small day bag, an expandable keychain duffle bag to hold gifts and extra purchases, and a duck rain cover to keep the water out of my bag if it rains. I was caught in a torrential downpour in South Africa once and was able to walk through the rain with full confidence (my bag holding all of my tech plus my iPhone & MacBook Air) that it was all staying dry.
Other items include:
-small packets of peanut butter
-what else do you need besides small packs of peanut butter?
Okay. That is all. 15 pounds and I’m off!