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Packing... For Two Months... In Africa

Packing... For Two Months... In Africa

Packing is hard. 

As a kid, I always enjoyed it. I got to pick which outfits I wanted to wear, and which books to bring for the journey. But the older I've gotten, the harder and harder it is to pack for such adventures.

What will I need? I'm not sure.

What will we be doing? I'm not completely sure.

What will the weather be like? Well, it changes.

Packing for two months in Africa is hard. But this is what I've come up with. 

I've still been throwing things into my bags up until I wrote this, and I leave tomorrow! 

Hopefully, if I leave anything major I can find it at a market somewhere, or borrow it from Macy.

Everything I'm bringing for two months will fit into a carry on suitcase (below), a checked bag, and my backpack.

I tried to be fairly strategic about how I packed everything so that if something were to happen to get lost, I'll make it alright. 

I wanted as much as possible in my carry on as possible and it became a puzzle.


I invested in some packing cubes and some far I've been really happy with them. 

I was able to separate everything really nicely!

Starting from top left, the smallest packing cube holds all of my shoes. I just recently jumped on the Chaco bandwagon and will wear those through the airport because their easy to take on and off. The other three pair are in that small bag.

  • Leather sandals 
  • Chacos
  • Toms
  • Converse

The second bag holds all of my sleep/lounge wear. I want to make sure to have all of the things that would be hard to replace. 

  • One shirt
  • One tank top
  • Two pairs of Nike shorts
  • One pair of Elephant pants 

I have all of my medications in the smaller bag: malaria medications and vitamins and such.

Travel will take two and a half days so I have a second outfit packed. 

And of course my Bible, which fits in the front pocket. 

My checked bag has the bulk of my shirts, skirts, and pants. 

  • Four maxi skirts
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • One pair of leggings
  • Four v-neck tee shirts
  • Five tee shirts
  • One long sleeved shirt
  • One sweatshirt
  • One dress

I've packed about two weeks worth of clothes in all, with a few extras.

Without knowing much of what to expect for this trip, and using the packing list the best I could, this is a loose run through of what I have packed for the next two months in Africa. 

I'm hoping to do a more detailed post once I'm back with everything that I actually used, and the things that I'm glad I brought or didn't bring.

Although I don't know all of what the next seven weeks hold, I hope this was interesting and that you'll follow along with the rest of my journey.

Chickens, Cows, and Goats, Oh My!

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