24 hours / what to pack for 3 months

The days leading up to my departure were hectic. Preparations and farewells, along with a few birthday celebrations (including mine!) thrown in, made me thankful for the packing and preparation lists I had made months ago during quieter days!

My well traveled best friends reminded me daily I should be “practice packing”. Which I did, sort of:

I was told this is what it looks like unpacked, not packed.

I will be graceful enough to admit that as I was shoving everything into my 65L backpack in the morning.. that a round of practice packing probably would have been wise… nevertheless, it all fit in!

For those contemplating a similar trip, here is what I packed for 3 months:


  • 1 pair travel pants
  • 1 shorts
  • 2 leggings
  • 1 jeans
  • 5 shirts (1 dressy, 2 breathable, 2 t-shirts)
  • 3 dresses
  • 1 fleece (layers)
  • 1 light coverup (more layers!)
  • Winter jacket
  • Wool hat
  • Northface windbreaker rain jacket (super lightweight)
  • Ultralight down jacket (Uniqlo)
  • Sun hat
  • Warm / hiking socks


  • Water shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Comfortable day shoes
  • Dressier sandals
  • Walking sandals


  • Powerpack
  • Universal adapter
  • Sports sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Laundry detergent sheets
  • Water purifier
  • Wet wipes
  • Torch
  • Rain gear for wet season trekking

Check back soon for my first days in Mexico!

The Journey Begins

It all starts with an idea.

Though I did not know it at the time – sitting in that small intimate space underneath a buzzing brunch cafe, flipping through paper magazines and cutting out a single particular image, the exact below – it was about to be the start of an epic journey.

Surrounded by a lively group of young aspiring women, I was participating in a good friend’s first business/career coaching workshop to set our goals and “purposeful desires”. It was the start of process that would see me picking up my life to move to London around 6 months later, survive a whirlwind year and kick off a plan to my next adventure- taking a career “pause” to embark on my South America solo trip in less than 2 months from now. Yes! I am slightly terrified!

This blog is for my dear friends, family, and fellow aspirational travellers, to let you follow my adventure and hopefully inspire you along the way.

Paper cutting, The Global Style Issue, date unknown