Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nine Months in One Bag: A RTW Packing List.

Finally years of planning, dreaming and saving have come together.

We leave for Iceland in a couple hours.
Our bags are packed and with just a few last minute errands left.
I'm sitting on Tom's dad's porch drinking the dregs of my coffee enjoying the Baltimore summer sun.

So packing.
How do you pack for 9 months around the world in one bag. A pretty small-ish bag too. All packed up my bag weighs 27 pounds. I've got to say I'm pretty proud of myself. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fairly girly-girl and an overpacker to boot. I love makeup and live in floral dresses. I spent way more time than I should have thinking about how to pack light-ish with out wearing black for 9 months.  What happened is I kinda overpacked. I call it minimal-isht. Everything is my pack is either a high quality super functional (read: expensive) staple or something mega cheap that adds fun and can easily be switched out.

The Packing List
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Portovelos
  • Havianas
  • Innersoles Not pictured

  • Prana Halle Pants
  • Jeans
  • Leggings – Merrell cinch
  • Shorts
  • Skirt
  • Exercise shorts

All Packed up



  • Grey cardigan
  • Persian Exofficio or Northface Polar Tech Fleece
  • REI Rebel Cloud sweater
  • Rain Jacket by Sierra Designs
  • Black V-Neck
  • Long-sleeve Merino Top
  • Olive green button down
  • Black wife beater
  • Red Spaghetti strap
  • Black Spaghetti strap
  • Yellow Floral thin top
  • Black and white tank top
  • Blue Quick dry top
Yes I am aware I over did it on the tops.

Intimates and 
  • Swimsuit
  • Three bras not pictured ya perv
  • Ten undies including three pairs of the amazin Ex-Officio ones definitely not pictured
  • Four pairs of socks
  • One pair of gloves 
  • Two scarves
  • A belt
  • Two Purses

  • Shampoo sharing with Tom and in his pack
  • Conditioner sharing with Tom and in his pack
  • Wilderness Wash for washing clothes
  • Face wash
  • Quick dry towel
  • Razor
  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup removing wipes
  • Aveeno moisturizer with SPF 30
  • Deodorant
  • Pink make-up case from Target
  • Two mascaras one waterproof
  • Z-Palette with various eyeshadows and blushes
  • Five brushes
  • Laurer Mercier setting powder
  • Eyelash curler
  • Red lipstick
  • Berry lipstick
  • Gel eyeliner
  • Concealers


Technology and Other will be updated later...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fleshing out the Bones: Our Updated Schedule


There are only nine more days until we take our little backpacks and fly out from Washington D.C. 
After literally years of counting pennies, planning, and agonising we are actually leaving.

 It's surreal.

After doing some research we decided to buy tickets as we go instead doing a RTW set ticket. This also means that a lot of our trip is essentially unplanned. We have a very vague idea of what part of the world we would like to be in at certain points but we are leaving the door open to opportunity. It's scary and exhilarating, especially for someone like me, who can be a little anxious at times.

Taormina 2012 by me.
So here we are staying with Tom's dad in Baltimore, trying to figure out how we want our lives to be for the next couple months. It's open, it's free, it's downright crazy. I am more of a planner and Tom is definitely more interested in letting things unroll as they will. Hence the title of this post. I decided to hold back my urge to plan everything and instead get the bare minimum, "the skeleton" down. This means logistical things like transportation and accomodation up to a certain degree. We hope to add more details as we meet people and/or as time passes. This is the "fleshing out" portion of things. 

This is what we have "fleshed out" so far:


  • We arrive in Iceland on June 25th. We are renting a car straight from the airport and hoping to spend a couple days in Reykjavik. When then are picking up our rental camping stuff and heading out on the Ring road and Iceland's only highway kind of deal. We hope to see some waterfalls, dip into some thermal springs, and check out a glacial lagoon. Any suggestions?

  • On the 30th we fly over to Manchester, England for a day and night and then hop on a Megabus to London, England.


  • On the 1st we arrive in London, England and will spend around a week there. I am so excited as my mum will also be there celebrating her birthday. My lovely bestie and roommate for last several years will also be in London with her sister.