Pack like a pro.

The last time I lived out of my huge travel bag was the summer of 2011; 6 weeks around Europe with my best friend Carla. You cannot truly understand the relationship one develops with its backpack until you try this style of traveling for yourself. Every pocket, latch, clip and inch of the bag affects your life. Want to bring home that really cool statue you found in Greece? Think again, that souvenir will cost you 30% of your space and increase the weight by 50% which then adds 80% perspiration and 200% frustration. Pack light, REALLY light.

This time around I got it dialed. Light clothing, 3 colours, all easy to clean. All that said I probably packed too much.

3 bras, 6 undies, 3 thongs, 2 boxer shorts, 5 pairs of socks, 2 bathing suits.

1 jean shorts, 1 beach shorts, 2 dresses, 1 beach dress, 2 skirts.

4 tank tops, 4 t-shirts, 1 light long sleeve skirt, 1 long sleeve sweater.

1 pashmina (I’ll buy a sarong in Thailand), 1 floppy hat, 1 belt, 1 pair flip flops, 1 pair sneakers.

Hairbrush, mini toiletries, minimum makeup as it will melt off my face anyways, 2 pairs of dollar store earrings and a necklace.

Matt and I will divide the load of 1 smartphone, 1 camera, 1 mini tablet with keyboard and chargers.

MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS my passport with my one year Bulgarian Visa and credit card.

I’ll wear my largest and most conservative clothing on the flight as we have an 8 hour layover in Qatar. We have a small backpack for our entertainment and valuables that we can bring on board.

I’m ready for you Southeast Asia!