What To Pack For 3 Days, or 3 Weeks

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My first “What To Pack” blog coming to you. I challenge you to get to the end of this one. I know there are tons of blogs on the topic, but since we move around a lot and often rely on public transportation, you won’t see curling iron or dress shoes on this list. I have learned and borrowed from my travel guru, Rick Steves. What follows is our list for a simple, 3 week, warm weather trip…

Obvious Stuff

  • Passports (and Visas, if required) – double check that it doesn’t expire within 90 days
  • Driver’s License or other picture ID (and, if you’re a student, bring that ID – great for discounts)
  • Cash (US dollar bills serve as excellent tip money in many countries – don’t bother getting local currency until you’re at your destination – cheaper that way)
  • Two Credit Cards (find ones that don’t charge exchange fees, or ATM fees – they’re out there AND don’t forget to let them know you’re traveling!)
  • Health insurance cards
  • Airline Tickets, if in paper form

Have the above items stored in the cloud too, or you could just email them to yourself. If you have reservations, upload/email those details, we usually have reservations for our first night. And, if you don’t have your important or emergency contacts stored in your phone, get them in there.


I am glad for it, but this is the heavy lifting part of travel:

  • Mobile device/phone and charger (check your carriers’ rules on the cost of using it! – mine will be on airplane mode most of the time, and Verizon offers a daily rate if I need to use data)
  • iPad and charger
  • Laptop and electric cord
  • Earbuds (mostly for the plane – but sometimes handy for museums that offer audio tours)
  • Camera, memory card, extra battery and charger
  • Converter or adapter (won’t be needed in Mexico)
  • portable charger (for charging on the road)


  • Water Bottle – Hydro Flask to be specific, you can see the Hydro Flask here at Amazon
  • Mini Tripod
  • snorkel gear (mask, fins, dive log)
  • Binoculars – what can I say. . . new hobby!
  • headlamp
  • flashing lamp (clips on pack or jacket for being visible at dusk or night)


the list is long, but this is most of the gear & toiletries

  • small cable lock (mostly to discourage ne’er do wells, and if we get a chance to rent bikes)
  • collapsable cooler
  • collapsable bowl
  • multipurpose eating utensil/tool
  • a couple novels
  • journals & pens
  • tarot cards (I know, another hobby!!)
  • ziplock baggies –  for wet clothes, unfinished groceries, things you want to keep sand-free or water proof
  • 1 pair reading glasses (Woody)
  • travel bungee clothesline (we have a Rick Steves’ version, and believe it to be an ingenious invention – see a similar one on Amazon here)
  • sunglasses
  • grocery bags – again, I have a favorite and it’s Envirosax – see it here at Amazon they are with me always
  • 2 thin beach-like towels (thread bare and ancient, but when you have a lot of water time, it’s a good idea to have them)
  • hacky sack
  • deck of cards
  • our signature Postcards – newly designed, with a focus on our roots. We customarily will leave a token of our appreciation with our personal postcard

    Our New Signature Postcard


  • tooth brush, tooth paste & floss
  • hairbrush
  • sunscreen
  • moisturizer
  • lip balm
  • tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • nail clippers & file
  • shampoo
  • sewing kit
  • disposable razor and shaving oil (if you haven’t seen shaving oil before, see it here on Amazon)
  • his & hers deodorant
  • magazine perfume samples – I want to take credit for this, but I’m guessing a lot folks have thought of it. . . I collect those paper samples – incl. the mens fragrances – and pack ’em for the road. Rub it on clothes or skin when one of you starts getting a little too “ripe”. They are amazingly long lasting, and even if it isn’t “your” smell, it’ll be a lot better than “ripe”, if you get my whiff…

Travel Health

  • prescription medicines in their original bottles
  • multi-vitamins
  • aloe (works for sunburn, bites, soothes)
  • Pain reliever (which can reduce a fever too)
  • Pepto Bismol
  • insect repellent – I’ve been using a natural beeswax version that I particularly like
  • Motion sickness patches  – Woody has a prescription for these
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder – two words: swampass solution


For the plane, I (Hali) will be wearing lightweight slacks, a hat, walking shoes (mine will be Keens for this trip) Coobie camisole (my alternative to a bra), money belt, underwear, lightweight button top, and an old hoodie which will probably stay in Mexico after this trip.  I haven’t left clothes behind before, but my wardrobe is getting pretty worn these days, and this will be a last hoorah for several pieces.

My wardrobe

  • flip flops
  • poncho (in case of rain, keeps me and my pack dry)
  • one pair shorts
  • one skirt & sundress
  • 3 tank tops
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 4 pair of underwear
  • a beach wrap which can double as a shawl, sarong, picnic blanket, table cloth, etc
  • pajamas – cotton shorts & a t-shirt

    If it isn’t in the pack – we can get it there!

    long sleeved, lightweight, button down shirt

  • swim suit
  • CAbi brand “ballet arm warmers” – the best invention for people who run cold and want portable sleeves – super scrunchable, lightweight, doubles as a scarf (mine is 5 years old, and likely can be found on Ebay these days)

Woody will be wearing lightweight slacks, Keens, short-sleeved shirt with pockets, underwear, sunglasses and sun visor. In his pack will be some of the gear along with his:

  • long sleeved, lightweight, button down shirt
  • swim suit

    Woody clothes, cooler, cable lock, snorkel gear. . .

  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 pair underware
  • flip flops
  • belt
  • 1 t-shirt/night shirt
  • pajama bottoms
  • 3 short sleeved, button down shirts

In Conclusion

After going through this exercise, I’m freakin’. How in the world will all of that fit in our 44 liter packs!? And, I failed to mention, we bring a supply of snacks. (Anything to avoid Hands on Hips, Hungry Hali, also known as, h4). A few granola bars, trail mix, ginger candy, gum, and instant coffee – a fine substitute when the real deal isn’t close at hand. I especially like Starbucks Via Instant Coffee. Well, no need to freak, just check us out:

If it isn’t in the pack – we can get it there!

One bag each: Woody’s is 20 pounds fully loaded, mine is 25.

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

4 thoughts on “What To Pack For 3 Days, or 3 Weeks

  1. Sheryl Chapman

    Great advice! When we went to Baja I brought this cool UV water purifier. Very small and light and great when you need to make sure your water is safe! Have a great trip! xoxoxoxo


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