Packing: the Ultimate Struggle


Here is a peek into madness!

While it was definitely a struggle to get here, I was surprisingly able to get everything organized and packed away (once I started). It’s also easier to pack a little lighter when you realize that half of the shorts you packed don’t fit anymore…that was a fun realization. But hey, who cares!? I’M GOING TO ECUADOR FOR A WHOLE 5 WEEKS! AHHHHHH! Anyways, most of what I packed is shown below, though there are a few things, including snacks, missing. I am definitely known to be an over packer, so I definitely feel pretty good about fitting everything I have into a carry on and my new Osprey backpack (thanks Santa)! For those of you who may be curious about what I packed or maybe want a little guidance for your own adventure, you can find a general list below. Keep in mind I will be gone for about 5 weeks and still probably over packed. Oops!img_1617

General items:
  • T-shirts (5) and tanks (4)
  • Dresses (2) and skirts (3) Edit: If you’ll be somewhere in the Andes, I recommend only 3 skirts & dresses total 
  • Shorts (7) and long pants (3) – I have both nice and athletic shorts along with jeans, wind pants and leggings Edit: If you’re staying in the Andes, the weather is much cooler, so you probably want about 7 long pants (sweats, jeans, leggings) and 3 shorts
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Swim suit
  • Undergarments you may need
(First Aid)
  • Bandaids
  • Hydrocortisone and antibacterial ointment
  • Allergy medication
  • Ibuprofen
  • Any personal medication
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Passport and ID (I also recommend making a copy of your passport)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or Visor
  • Backpack for day trips ( it attaches to my Osprey Pack wooooohooo!)
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (I will be using my phone)
  • Phone charger  (a portable charger may be nice if you have the option)
  • Computer and Charger (I need mine for staying updated on my application process for medical school occurring in the states and for our blog, but this is definitely something I would normally do without)
  • Books and Snacks for the plane ride!
*I also made sure to pack liquids and other things in plastic baggies that I can use for other things if need be while I am abroad

Read more about our adventure here!


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