So my preparation for Botswana is going to be put on hold for a couple weeks while I go to Colombia (!) but I have created a tentative packing list to make up for my lack of productivity. After combing through other blogs and thinking about all the things that make me feel at home, I think it's a pretty complete list. It looks long and intimidating but most of the stuff is small or can be crumpled into tiny balls so I'm hoping it will all fit into my backpacking bag and 2 day bags.
My two 40L bags and my medium backpacking bag (I think it's 80L or 70L) that I will be using
Items are separated by category.
Kitchen:2 Knives + sharpenerChopsticksFrench press3 mason jarsCan openerVeggie peelerScissorsZiplock bags (big+sm)Md Non stick panFood:Seeds (lettuce, carrots)CoffeeSpices (garlic, pepper, cayenne)Luna barsPowdered drink mixPeanut butterNutellaGumClothes:3 skirts2 dresses5 shirts2 dress shirts?2 tank tops2 long sleeve1 p jeans2 p yoga pants1p sweats2p Tevas2p Running shoesDressy sandals3 bras10p black socks3 p warm socks20p underwearSmiley face boxers4 p leggings3-4 Lt jackets/cardigansBig jacketSun hatSlip2-3 ShawlBathing suitSlippersGloves?Electronics:Kindle + case500 GB External driveComputer +caseiPodCamera+bag2 16 gb memory cardsTravel SpeakersOutlet ConverterWatch2 Head lampsAAA BatteriesDisc drive?Flash driveiPod, comp, kindle chargersSm+lg head phonesToiletries:Toothpaste3 tooth brushesFlossEmergency dental fillingsFace wash+ lotionShampoo+ conditionerLotionRazorsDeodorantBobby pinsRubber bandsCombQ-tipsNail clippersTweezers50 SPF sunscreenAloe Vera ?Nail polish+removerMascaraBlush+brushLip stainMole skinBand aidsNeosporinBenadrylBenadryl anti itch creamBug repellentQuick dry TowelHand mirrorBaby wipesPumice stoneLoofaDiva cupChapstickDry shampoo/baby powderOffice:Map of BotswanaPhotos of friends and family10 passport photosCashJournalWhite paper+stiff folderPens+ pencils+ markers2 smudging sticksNotecardsImmunization cardsPassportStaging materialsPower of attorneyCopies of credit cardPractical/tools:SteripenSewing kit+ thread+ safety pinsBasic tool kitSwiss Army knifeNalgene water bottleCollapsible NalgeneDuct tapeLeather work glovesScotch tape3 bungee cordsLuggage locks4 CarabinersDay bag/purse2 40 L day packsBack packing bagSleeping bag + compression sack3p SunglassesEar plugsUmbrella