We’re not light packers. We’re not heavy packers, either. Basically, all of our travel goods can fit in our 5 backpacks (and 3 daypacks). However, on our quick 2 week stint to Vietnam, we decided we didn’t want to take all of our luggage (and pay for it all, either). After all…we were staying in a hotel and wouldn’t be needing everything!
We cut our junk down to only 2 backpacks (and 2 daypacks), and after mentioning this on Facebook, and our readers asked us, “What did you take?! We want to know!” So…here is the requested rundown…
We still took almost all of our clothing, which amounts to about 7 outfits, each (I don’t prefer to hand wash in sinks and don’t want to visit a Laundromat every few days).
And here is the rest…
-1 packing cube of plugins and chargers for all things electronic
-A set of plastic plates, bowls and silverware—perfect for serving up sandwiches or other snacks in our hotel room.
-2 small child-sized pillows (Asian pillows are WAY too overstuffed for our comfort
-1 laptop (Jared’s got left behind)
-2 Folding Tote bags
-1 Nook eReader (Kindle got left behind)
-A CD-case kit of mini doTERRA essential oils—our first aid kit!
-A Wifi antennae to boost our signal strength (a lifesaver in many hotel situations)
When planning 2 weeks in a hotel room with limited outdoor running space (i.e. none), some kids’ entertainment is essential! For us, this included coloring supplies, books, dolls, matchbox cars, and a few other do-dads.
-A toiletry bag with our shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, and other essential items.
-Peanut butter. In this particular case I packed chocolate peanut butter, a one-time occurrence. I wasn’t a fan. It’s easy to find jam in Asia…but the peanut butter is a harder bet, and we weren’t taking our chances! And since we’re not keen on eating out more than once a day, sandwiches are a great lunchtime meal!
-1 electronic razor
-2 pairs of shoes for each of us—1 flip flop & 1 tennis shoe (oops—I only included 1 pair in the photo. Who really wants to see our dirty shoes, anyways?!).
Here’s the damage in total (without clothes and shoes):
And there you have it. The most essential items for a 2 week trip! Would it all be essential to you? Probably not!
However, it allowed us 2 weeks of comfort, without hauling too much with us!