Liv Naesheim (pronounced Leave NAY-sime, wearing black) and her sister Heidi took an epic trip of their own a few years back and became expert packers along the way. On our brief layover in Los Angeles between Costa Rica and New Zealand, Liv went through of our posessions taking out anything she thought would weigh us down or be unnecessary for one reason or another. After removing 22 pounds from our collective backpacks, I asked her to share her wisdom with the world. Here’s what she came up with.

LIV’S PACKING LIST

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ITEMS I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT

Good waterproof hiking boots (not water resistant)

Good walking sandals (preferably ones that go in the water such as Teva)

Waterproof Jacket (not water resistant)

A water resistant cover for your backpack (this is especially important if you are going to be somewhere during the rainy season because in some places rain comes out of nowhere or it rains every afternoon and you might have to leave with your backpack)

Sunglasses

TRAVELING DISCOVERIES MADE ON THE ROAD THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT

Well I would have to say: not really.  Most items that you might need, especially based on weather changes, you can really pick up.  I would again say that the proper shoes and quality rain gear are the items you might have a hard time finding in some areas.  Also if you happen to be larger (for example:  shoe size, bra size or taller) then the population of the country you are visiting, you might have trouble with sizes.  Quite honestly I was afraid of losing my bra or my bathing suit due to the fact that in so many of the areas I visited, I would not have been able to get my size.

GENERAL CLOTHING TIPS

When it comes to clothes, it’s best to think of layering because this will help you in many situations.

Also remember: nothing ever too tight and nothing ever too short (both of these for comfort reasons, respect reasons, and safety)

Darker colors preferred because they don’t show dirt.

WHAT TO PACK

PACKING LIST

  • 2 pair of pants

  • 1 sweat pant (or comfy style pant for lounging or sleeping in colder areas)

  • Best if you do not bring jeans (not always so comfortable in many climates and very awful if you get wet)

  • Better if you bring cargo pants or drawstring rayon type pant (if you end up in a colder area you can find a long underwear layer to put on underneath, can’t really do this with jeans)

  • 1 or 2 pair of shorts (really watch the length depending on where you are going, I would usually not recommend too short)

  • 1 sweater

  • 1 sweatshirt

  • 1 or 2 lightweight long sleeve shirts. Can layer if need be or wear on its own, preferably in solid colors to be more versatile.

  • 2 – 4 short sleeve T-shirts

  • For Dress up (and respect in some countries)

  • For Men: a pair of slacks and button up shirt

  • For Women: 1 dress and/or a skirt with nice top

SHOES AND SOCKS

Shoes (MOST IMPORTANT)

1 pair good hiking shoes,

1 pair of walking sandals (Teva)

1 pair of other shoes (clogs)

 

Socks:

Besides a few pairs of regular socks

I would recommend 1 or 2 pairs of good hiking socks (these saved my feet on many a long treks)

EXTRAS

A good Bathing Suit (you want it to last because you may not find your size in other countries)

 A sarong (can be used as a towel, to wear, or as a table cloth) (dries quickly and does not take up space)

 Sunglasses

 A good sun hat

 Depending on the climates that you might hit always good to carry (not too big but can really help with warmth when layering)

  • Scarf

  • Hat

  • Gloves

Flash light

First aid Kit (with the basics)