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 Pants Replace 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.
- 3 oz face lotion with SPF
3 2 oz shampoo, shared with Chris
- 1 60-L internal frame backpack, my REI pack is the older version of this bag
1 daypack, Deuter Speedlight 20 Chris is bringing an ultralight daypack and I can use my travel purse or empty out my backpack and use it as a daypack.
- 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.