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:

Clothes

  • 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

Shoes

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

Other

  • 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.

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Paper cutting, The Global Style Issue, date unknown