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Today’s a very exciting day because tomorrow I leave for South Africa! Imagine some triumphant trumpets blasting away.
I’ve already detailed my steps to planning this adventure in Phase 1 and Phase 2 and while I’ve been a busy beaver wrapping up all of my work and other commitments before heading out the door, the rest of my planning has been in the background.
The short version: I’ve been chucking things on my dining room table as I walk by, “I may need this, I may wear that.” Over time, stuff piled up on my dining room table. Now it’s time to sort through the “maybes” and get serious about packing a bag.
I’ve talked about my love of packing lists before, and have already detailed the one I put together for a quick jaunt to Paris back in April. I’m going to be in South Africa for three weeks, but I don’t want to check a bag. This means packing light and right.
It’s almost summer in South Africa, which means I can avoid a lot of bulky clothes. However, like Canada, South Africa seems to get a lot of weather, so I’ll need layers to make sure I’m ready for anything.
- Plane ticket
- Bank cards, credit cards, currency
- Booking confirmations for hotels and pre-booked activities
- Travel health insurance and proof of coverage
- Sleepwear, sleep mask, ear plugs
- Socks, underwear x 5, light and dark bras
- Tops: 1 x tank top, 5 x t-shirt, 1 x long-sleeve t-shirt, 1 x sweater
- Bottoms: 2 x pants, 1 x skirt, 2 x shorts
- Accessories: scarf, earrings
- Outerwear: light jacket, rain shell, hat
- Shoes: 1 light sneakers, 1 sandals, 1 pair walking-friendly
- Antibacterial hand gel, baby wipes, tissues
- Bar soap, face lotion, body lotion, deodorant, razor
- Glasses and case, contact lenses, case, solution
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
- Dry shampoo, regular shampoo, conditioner, hair product, pins and elastic, wide-toothed comb
- Lip balm and hand lotion (a must for the flights)
- Makeup, cotton swabs, emery board, tweezers and nail clippers
- Sunblock – under 100 mL
- Anti-malarial efforts: Malarone and insect repellent
- First aid: bandages, Imodium, anti-nausea tablets, ibuprofen, allergy pills
- No Jet Lag (I’m going to try it after reading Hola Yessica’s recent review)
- Aquatabs water purification tablets (just in case) and rehydration powder (also, just in case)
- Money belt
- Plug adaptor
- Mini binoculars (safari optimism)
- Camera, memory cards, Gorillapod flexible tripod, batteries, charger
- Battery-free mini flashlight
- iPod, charger and plug, ear buds
- Guide, map, reading material
- Journal, pens, notebook
- Laundry soap (mini packs for sink laundry)
- Luggage lock
- Stuff sack pillow (exactly what it sounds like, you put stuff in it and use it for a pillow)
- Silk sleep sheet
- Water bottle
- Ziploc bags
Finally, I’m not going to check a bag on the way there, but I’m 99% certain I’ll do so on the way back.
What’s the longest trip you’ve taken without checking a bag? Share some of your favourite packing light tips in the comments!