Sunday, May 20, 2012

Packing list. Sri Lanka.

It would be nice to imagine that all I need to take with me, on this vacation, is a pair of flip flops but that would be dreaming.   On the other hand, I'm actually a relatively light traveler though I don't hold a candle to my brother who can go on three week trip with a bag smaller than what most people take to the gym.  Yes, he does a lot of clothes washing when he travels which isn't a bad thing because that usually means he has relatively few dirty items of clothing in his bag at any one time.


Weather wise, Sri Lanka will be similar to the places we went to in Mexico so I'm using that packing list as the starter.  One thing to keep in mind is that Sri Lanka is pretty conservative country and you need to be covered up to enter the temples so I'm packing in a long sleeve shirt for that reason.

We'll be spending time with family in Singapore and I will have a week, after the trip, in San Francisco so I need to take those two destinations into account as well.  I will probably pack my SF clothes in a smaller bag and leave that behind so I'm not lugging clothes that I don't need in Sri Lanka.

The List
  • Passport, airline tickets and travel documents (all with photocopies)
  • Hotel voucher/confirmation
  • Sri Lankan rupees and Singapore dollars as well as $US, credit and debit card
  • Rain jacket
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts/tank tops
  • 2 short sleeve, light cotton shirts
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 3 pairs of capri pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear and one pair of socks
  • Towel
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • 1 pair walking shoes
  • 1 pair sandals
  • 1 pair rubber slippers
  • Toiletries and first aid kit (including malaria pills, Tylenol, Band Aids, Neosporin, lip balm, Immodium AD, Pepto Bismol, Zithromax, Cipro)
  • Sunblock, lotion, and insect repellent
  • Toilet paper, handiwipes
  • Binoculars and flashlight
  • Plastic hanger for drying clothes
  • Nikon dSLR camera & lenses, spare batteries, chargers and outlet adapters, SD card
  • iPad with SD card reader
  • Pen and notebook
  • MP3 player
  • Drain plug, laundry detergent, and plastic hangers for drying clothes
And as always......,
  • 1 collapsible tote to bring back all those things that I buy along the way but have no space in my backpack for.
I'm taking more camera equipment with me this time around so I'm debating whether or not to swap my regular daypack with one designed to hold the equipment which might also include a collapsible tripod.  Luckily, I still have time to explore all my options.

As always the list is long but it all fits in - after all the trips I've been on, I have gotten the packing skills down pat.