I am a little ambivalent towards packing. While I pride myself in the ability to pack a week’s worth of outfits into a backpack, I am by no means a minimalist packer. It’s always the miscellaneous items, like the curling iron, book, or computer making my luggage-carrying experience teeter between tolerable and trip-ruining heaviness. I’ve learned there are some things you can do without, and that you can always post-process your photos at home. Little things like maintaining and sharing an items list with on Evernote maintain my sanity at the beginning and ending of a trip. Although I’m okay with trying to figure out how much mileage I can get from wearing the same shirt, There are a few things I can’t leave without, no matter how long or short the trip.
We’re going to Chicago, and these are a few items I’ll be packing into my carry on:
- Golf cap my mom gave this to me a few years ago; while I don’t play golf, I like keeping some semblance of sun protection with me.
- Better Together shoulder pouch MochiThings
- Spare camera battery
- Camera battery charger
- Extra memory
- 50mm lens this and my 11-18mm (not pictured) are my go-to lenses.
- Current read Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow | Amazon
- Thrifted scarf sometimes I get cold on planes.
- Gap 1969 denim jacket …really cold.
- MyCharge a coworker gave one of these to me out of the blue, and it’s been useful for charging my devices.
- iPhone Charger
- Jstory hello luggage tag MochiThings
- 99¢ pencil case I think I’ve had this since undergrad.
- Ericka sunglasses
- Stone & Cloth Benson backpack when I bought this a few years ago, they were branded as Stone + Cloth. The purchase of their products helps send Tanzanian children to school. Good cause, roomy backpack.
Not pictured: camera & camera bag
I’m not one to initiate small talk with seat mates while sharing very personal space thousands of miles above ground, so I stay occupied by drawing during flights. Along with my wallet and phone, I carry writing utensils everywhere out of habit. I don’t always bring my pencil case with me, but this Better Together pouch allows me to keep two pens and a few highlighters around. It’s much easier transferring items between bags since this pouch keeps everything organized. It even has a detachable strap (not pictured) to convert into a purse. It’s not very stylish, but I’m less likely to maniacally run around the house in search of my wallet.
- Staedtler lead holder
- Pilot G2 .38mm pen
- Copic Multiliner I know everyone loves Sakura Microns, but I got tired of throwing away the entire pen and opted for one that took refills. An entirely new Multiliner pen is a little pricy, at around $10 at a local art store, but refilling it costs about as much as purchasing a new Micron, and lasts a little longer with my use.
- Zebra Mildliner highlighter JetPens
- Pentel Graph 600, 0.5mm
- Prismacolor Watercolor, Non-Photo Blue
- Pentel refill eraser
- Pentel 0.5 lead
- Pencil sharpener this tiny little sharpener was only 25¢ at my university art store, and is still one of the best I’ve ever used.
- mt 5mm washi tape I usually carry a glue pen with me, but since we’re flying, tape might be a better option in case I need to stow things in my sketchbook pages.
- Staedtler plastic eraser
- Yes to Cucumbers facial wipes sometimes I use them to keep my face from drying out as well as for makeup removal.
- Leuchtturm1917 A5 gridded notebook
- Coin purse Badz Maru not only holds parking meter fare, but also bobby pins and hair ties.
- Mizon Collagenic Aqua Volume Lip Essence lips are moisturized with a little SPF 10 thrown in.
- Moleskine extra small portfolio I temporarily store coupons, receipts, subway cards, and other small ephemera.