This trip I knew I wanted to pack light and travel with a backpack so I had to coordinate outfits and pair down on the luxuries. I did alright for India, but I also had to make sure I was packing warm clothes. I knew this trip was going to be warm in Australia and Bali, with slightly cooler weather in New Zealand, so packing was a little easier.
When packing light, you HAVE to check the weather. You want to be prepared but you can always buy something if a freak storm hits. I found out that Bali was going to be in the end of their monsoon season but New Zealand was creeping into fall (and winter on the South Island, I left the day before some snow fell!). Being a California girl, I am no stranger to layering, so I knew that was the route I would have to take here too.
Below is my packing list, as well as what I wish I brought and what I wish I left behind. Things that are multitaskers have a (M) next to them. I didn’t know they would be multitaskers until I was there and had some happy realizations.
What I brought:
- Blue jeans
- Pink shorts
- Light grey maxi dress
- Long sleeve loose sweater
- 3 short sleeve t-shirts in white, black, and grey
- 2 white tank tops
- Pjs – t-shirt, shorts, and long pants
- Black yoga pants
- Fun yoga pants
- 1 sports bra
- Cropped yoga top
- Rain jacket (M) also worked as a windbreaker to keep out the cold
- Denim jacket
- Romper beach coverup (M) doubled as another cute, light outfit
- 1 pair of hiking sock
- 2 pairs of no-show socks
- 1 pair of normal athletic socks (ended up losing)
- Black Birkenstocks
- Chacos (M) intended for hiking but doubled as shower shoes for the hostel
- Black Nike running shoes
- Turkish towel
- Turbie towel for hair (ended up losing in Perth)
- Pacifica sunscreen
- Pills and medications
- Traveller’s diarrhea pills
- Malaria vaccine pills
- Melatonin (so happy I brought this by the time I got to Bali, the monkeys decided to have a party on my villa’s roof one night)
- Disposable razors
- Menstrual cup
- Coconut oil (M) served as body oil and hair oil
- Lush’s Shampoo bar
- Facial cleanser
- Facial toner
- Body toner
- Facial oil
- Dry brush
- Face wipes
- Underarm deodorant wipes
- Sea Salt hairspray
- Lush’s Toothy Tabs for toothpaste
- Travel toothbrush
- Becca liquid highlighter
- Colourpop highlight
- Colourpop blush
- Eyebrow gel
- Sunglasses (broke them and had to buy a new pair in Perth)
- Baseball hat
- UV water bottle
- DLSR Camera
- Small purse
- First aid kit
- Suitcase lock (M) used for the hostel lockers as well
- Sleep mask
- Travel journal and pen
- Book (bought a few more on the trip because I ate them up!)
What I wish I had brought:
- Chapstick. Ended up having to buy it there, which isn’t a huge problem. I just couldn’t find a cruelty-free and vegan one.
- Microfiber towel. I would have used this towel for the hostel showers and the Turkish towel as my beach/pool towel and yoga mat. When I got to bali and had hotel towels I would have used the microfiber towel as the yoga mat.
- Power-strip. I brought one to India, and loved it so I don’t know why I didn’t think to bring it this time. I couldn’t charge my DSLR battery at the same time as my phone. First world problem but oh well.
- Wide-tooth comb. I never brush my hair, I only comb it in the shower with conditioner in my hair. I ended up pulling out loose strands of hair throughout the day.
- Sun Bum sunscreen. I brought a Pacifica one because the bottle was slimmer but it is not a good sunscreen. It never fully rubs in so you look like you have streaks of white paint all over you. And on top of that it didn’t work, I got a sunburn. I had a bottle of Sun Bum at home, but it is a cruelty-free Aussie company so I was able to buy some in Fremantle. I did end up losing this in Ubud before getting to Canggu so I bought yet another sunscreen that was all-natural and worked great. It didn’t leave a white sheen or leave me unprotected.
- Glasses. Some days my eyesight is worse and it suck when you are sightseeing and things are blurry.
- Waterproof pants. It was pouring when I was in Milford Sound. I made a skirt out of a poncho and that worked while on the boat but I skipped going under the waterfall because I didn’t want to sit in my wet pants during the four hour bus ride back.
What I wish I left behind:
- Planner. I brought it to keep track of my flights and recurring bills, but I used my phone for the flights (and had print outs of every reservation) and I could’ve written the bills on a piece of paper or in the notes on my phone.
- The second white tank top. I don’t know why I brought 2, I totally could’ve swapped one out for another color or left it out since I bought a few more in Ubud.
- Sea salt hairspray. Its not the product I wish I didn’t bring but the actual spray bottle. I bought two cheap travel spray bottles for my sea salt spray and the witch hazel toner (ingredients in my skincare post) I use on my body. They didn’t spray. Neither bottle. I wish I went to Amazon like I do for everything and read reviews to buy bottles that actually spray.
I did very well on this trip in terms of not bringing too many things I didn’t need. I had brought almost ten items on that trip that I didn’t need. This time I only had three. If you are taking a similar trip, I hope this helped you get an idea of what to pack.
Happy traveling friends!