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That's all you're bringing? For how long?!?!

Quote from our 9 year-old neighbor upon seeing my luggage for our world tour ;).

When I showed our young neighbor the bags I would be taking for our 4 month trip, she was both shocked and horrified. She exclaimed, "That's all you're bringing? I could never fit all of my things in there for 4 months. I'd need at least 3 suitcases!"


She's right. Normally I would pack myself and my daughter a good sized suitcase and a carry on backpack plus a purse. But since we'll be doing a lot of traveling with movement in between places, I knew we'd have to pair down. We're each going to bring 1 Large backpack, 1 Daypack, and I'm adding a smaller purse to carry during the day. So 3 items total for me and David and Fay Luna will probably just have 2 pieces each. The large backpack will house clothing, shoes and toiletries. The smaller one will contain books/kindles, passports, wallets, and any school materials.


Since we're going to Costa Rica in a week, we can trial out how this works. The weather will be similar to Southeast Asia in the fall- Rainy and HOT! All of our items need to be water resistant and quick drying which makes our clothing pretty light. Plus we'll be using packing cubes to keep everything contained and compact.


If you have any packing tips for getting everything to fit in small spaces, please send them along! Also if you have traveled throughout SE Asia, Japan, Korea and/or New Zealand, let me know any things you think we'll definitely need....or not need!

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Andrew Samtoy
Andrew Samtoy
Jun 20, 2023

We did six months in SE Asia; we found that a travel washboard made laundry a lot easier, and a small bottle of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap could be used for shaving, toothpaste, laundry, shampoo, deoderant, bug bites, and so much more! Oh - and when our shoes got smelly, washing them out with rice whiskey really helped kill the bacteria. Enjoy!!!

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That's such a good idea! I really like Dr. Bronner products and the fact that it's so versatile is perfect! Thanks Andrew! Any places we should not miss? We don't have many plans yet for traveling in Cambodia and Thailand.

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Anne Mangubat
Anne Mangubat
Jun 12, 2023

Amazing!!! So Erwin got these vacuum baggies where u can put clothes and squeeze out the air…and provides even more space! Maybe something like this would be helpful!! So excited for you all 😄

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That is such a great idea! I'll look into those. Thank you Anne!

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