I previously posted articles detailing the clothes, toiletries, and backpacking equipment I planned to take to Ireland. The items listed would suffice for a normal trip, but I’ll be backpacking for 4 weeks and my pack was too heavy. After carefully rethinking and then discarding or replacing items, I got my pack down to 19.5 pounds carried weight. This does not include the weight of the clothes and shoes I will be wearing on the plane, nor does it account for water, snacks, and fuel for the JetBoil. I have copied my original lists below and marked all changes. Note that Chris will be carrying most of our electronics and will publish his packing list separately.
1 pr lightweight knee pants: Columbia Saturday Trail II Knee PantsReplace with 1 pr calf-length yoga pants from Athleta. They’re more versatile since I can wear them for hiking, either alone or under one of the travel dresses.
- 1 pr hiking pants: prAna Halle Pants
- 1 pr rain pants: REI shell, like this
- 2 short-sleeved t-shirts: like Nike Dri-Fit
- 1 V-neck long-underwear top: Uniqlo Heattech
- 1 half-zip long-sleeved top: like this Nike Dri-Fit
- 1 lightweight travel dress: like this Horny Toad
- 1 medium weight travel dress: Title Nine Getaway Dress
- 1 down jacket: like this REI jacket
1 medium-weight weather-resistant coat: Columbia Titanium, similar to thisToo heavy. I will make do with my layers, down coat and rain shell.
- 1 rain shell: Outdoor Research shell, like this
- 1 pr flip-flops: Sanuk
- 1 pr ballet-style shoes: like this Merrell shoe
- 1 pr hiking shoes: like these Salomons
1 pr tall bootsSo sad, but too heavy. I will go without, but perhaps shop for some in Ireland for the non-backpacking portion of the trip.
- 2 pr tights
43 pr underwear 32 pr socks: Darn Tough
- 1 pr regular sock liners: Wigwam Gobi
- 1 pr toed liners: Injinji
12 sports bras 1 regular bra
- 1 long underwear set for sleeping: Uniqlo Heattech leggingsand top
- 1 scarf
- 1 pr gloves: North Face E-tip
- 1 hat: Outdoor Research, like this
- 1 earband: like this R-Gear
- 1 pr no-show running socks
- 3 oz face lotion with SPF
32 oz shampoo, shared with Chris 32 oz conditioner, shared with Chris 3 oz body wash, shared with ChrisI have wipes as back-up, but we’re staying in hotels and hostels so should be ok. 2.5 oz body lotionI’ll live.
- 0.5 oz travel deodorant
- 0.75 oz travel toothpaste
- 1 dental floss
- 1 toothbrush
- 45 q-tips
- 1 oz base make-up
- 1 small neutral eyeshadow palette
- 1 tube waterproof mascara
- 1 oz mascara remover
1 travel hairbrushThe roll brush fits in my travel purse.
- 1 round roll hairbrush
- 3 hairbands
- 2 small hairclips
- 1 razor
- 1 oz sunscreen
- 0.5 oz bug spray
- 2 10-ct pkg wipes
- 1 oz hand sanitizer
- 2 tubes lip balm with SPF
- 4 ear plugs
- 2-week supply feminine hygiene products
- 2.8 oz travel size Febreze. To help push out laundry day.
- 1 60-L internal frame backpack, my REI pack is the older version of this bag
1 daypack, Deuter Speedlight 20Chris is bringing an ultralight daypack and I can use my travel purse or empty out my backpack and use it as a daypack.
- 1 Asolo waterproof dry bag. Our Asolo may be discontinued, but this bag is similar.
3 slim eBagsToo heavy. I’ll use gallon ziplocs.
- 1 12“x12” foam pad (for sitting)
- 1 Jetboil
- 1 canister fuel
- 1 insulated mug
- 1 spork
- 1 2-liter Platypus Hoser water bladder
1 20-oz plastic bottle (I use an old Gatorade bottle)Replace with 1 slim 17 oz plastic bottle that will fit better in my travel purse
- 1 headlamp
- 1 small “emergency” kit with thermal blanket, lighter, whistle, duct tape, cord, safety pins, thread/needle, rubber bands, extra bite valve, bandaids and moleskin
- 10 resealable plastic bags, freezer quality, mix of gallon and quart size
- 1 pr nail clippers
- 1 pr patella knee bands
- 1 bandana
- 1 Field Notes notebook
- 1 pen
- 1 Eagle Creek travel purse (like this) and wallet
- 1 passport
- Other items in my travel purse I forgot to note: sunglasses, a short nail file, small vials of allergy medicine and ibuprofen, and a sharpie
- 1 cell phone and charger
- 1 pr headphones
- 1 plug adapter
- 3 waterproof guide books from Rucksack Readers, one for each of the Ways we plan to walk.
- 1 journal
- 1 reusable grocery bag. It’ll be handy for the plane ride and when shopping in Ireland.
That’s it! After the trip, I’ll update with what I wish I’d brought, and what I could have left behind.