It is daunting packing for a 4 month trip living in a van – with the restriction of having one small cabinet in a Camper Van to hold my less-than-worldly belongings. This is not a trip for leisure – as evidenced by the lack of fun, feminine, colorful clothing in my wardrobe – but one of practicality.
“What clothing items can I wear over and over again?”
“What bottoms do I need to pack that both – suit my work uniform of black bottoms and 10 Billion Lives T-shirt – and don’t look too shabby were I try to go out at night, and run in the morning?”
Northern California is cold – so I need some warm weather items for San Jose + the surrounding – for Southern Cali – San Diego, LA, and San Bernardino (which I didn’t know how to spell till now! #eastcoastgirl) – I’ll need other items that will keep me cool.
Here is my definitive list:
That fit very nicely into 3 schoolbags!
Keeping in mind that we may not be accessing a washer/dryer much on this trip, I packed quite a load of socks & underwear – things that are gross to wear when they are sweaty/dirty from my regular runs and long days outside.
Not a lot go T-shirts, as M-F we are expected to wear the 10 Billion Lives T-shirt with black pants or shorts.
5-6 Thick Socks
5-6 Ankle Socks
Knee Length Pillow Coat – light and warm enough for cold Northern California nights
Black Rain Jacket
2 Tank Tops
2 Running Shorts
2 Regular Pairs of Black Shorts (to fit dress code)
A few bras
Cap & Gloves
The Usual – Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Facewash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Dental Floss, Makeup Tools
Hair Clips & Ties
Eye Mask & Earplugs
Macbook & Charger
Paper Kindle (pre-loaded with 100+ books from my lovely Mama Brainard)
iPhone, Micro SD Cables, & Charging Blocks
BPA-free Water Bottle
5 Year Diary
Sketchbook & Rainbow of Crayola Markers
Welcome to Van Life!