A Single Mom And Child Packing List For An Extended Trip

A Single Mom And Child Packing List For An Extended Trip
February 23, 2011 Guest

Wonder how one mom prepped for a slow travel?

We did.

Welcome guest blogger Marilia Di Cesare. We are so excited to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing families on the road, many of which, we connect with online. Sometimes we even come across a few amazing single moms out in the word, doing what we are doing. Any we always create  an instant bond with them. In the case fo Marilia, we were thrilled to meet a mom equally passionate about travel and  about providing her daughter with the best “world schooling” possible. See why we connected?

So, we wondered how she planned, prepped and packed for this part of her journey, so so we asked her. We noticed there were slight differences between packing for a daughter than a son, other than that, our packing lists are virtually the same (minus the guitar).

A Single Mom & Child Packing List For An Extended Trip

By Guest blogger Marilia Di Cesare of TrippingMom.com

Way back on my travel planning stages, I decided I’d join the light travelers. I was planning on a seven-month trip to Costa Rica with my 3-year old and started to check on RTW travelers´ backpack sizes. I saw that some light travelers have 35 liters backpacks, so I figured that adding another 15 litters for Luísa´s stuff would suit us well and decided to buy a 50 liters. I also have a little backpack for electronics, carry on stuff and a guitar.

Ultimately, one should bring clothes that dry up easily, that match each other and bring some money to buy what´s not worth carrying with you. My packing strategy was very simple: I simply chose my favorite clothes that I use more regularly and fit in my backpack pretty much all I could (the backpack was the limit).

One good thing is that we are going from tropical town to tropical town, we don´t need to worry about warm clothes. We haven´t used our warm clothes at all (not even under AC, as a matter of fact). It feels like leaving them all behind, but like a careful mom, I have to be prepared in case the worse happens – meaning we face any temperature under 19°C.

I thought I would travel very little, around three towns and choose where to just stay. I ended up traveling a lot more, jumping from couch, to bus, to hostel and so on. It was quite uncomfortable to travel with all of this (as light as it might seem it´s still heavy to walk around), but bringing less also means washing clothes much more often.

After one month and a half traveling, we stopped at a town where I´ll spend some good 3-6 months (or more, who knows?) and it feels good to have the luxury to wash clothes once a week.

Hoping that this can help other single-traveler moms out there, here is goes:

My clothes

1) shirts 11
2) skirts 6
3) shorts 2
4) underwear 8
5) jeans 1
6) belt 1
7) sweaters 2
8 ) nightgown 2
9) sarongues 3
10) hat 1
11) sandals 1
12) sneakers 1
13) bikinis 7
14) rash guard
15) socks 3

Luísa´s clothes

16) shirts 11
17) dresses 4
18) shorts 9
19) skirts 2
20) long pajamas 3
21) short pajamas 2
22) long pants 3
23) sweater
24) coat
25) underwear 12
26) bikinis 5
27) socks 5
28) hat
29) sneakers
30) sandals 3
31) backpack
32) hand towels 2

Eletronics (or my toys)

33) net book
34) external hard drive 500 GB
35) pen drive 1GB
36) external DVD drive
37) cell phone and charger
38) ear phones 2
39) photo camera
40) calculator

Uncategorized items

50) swim cap
51) goggles
52) hair band
53) beach bag
54) purse
55) wallet
56) backpacks 2
57) guitar
58) books 2
59) little swiss army knife

Luísa´s toys

41) little stuffed animals 3
42) tiny dolls 3
43) barbie
44) set of neck less and bracelet
45) memory card game
46) images bingo game
47) box of coloring pencils and a few papers
48) thermo little bottle
49) books 2

Toiletries

60) 2 hotel little bottles of shampoo
61) 2 hotel little bottles of conditioner
62) little bottle of hair cream
63) 2 tooth brushes
64) tooth paste
65) dental floss
66) deodorant
67) hair brush
68) comb
69) little bottle of body lotion
70) maskara
71) aspirins
72) paracetamol
73) sizor
74) antiiflamatories
75) bandaids

Marilia Di Cesare of TrippingMom.com

Marília is a Brazilian surfer-single mom of a three-year old.  She blogs at Tripping Mom about traveling with children, our values system, how to find a relevant education and ways to keep sanity (or forget about it) around a kid. She´s currently living in Costa Rica where her daughter is learning two new languages (Spanish and English).

15 Comments

  1. Violeta 10 years ago

    Inspiring list :-). Though I am surprised everything fits in those 2 backpacks. Thanks for sharing.

    • ilainie 10 years ago

      Thank you for commenting! I too, was surprised everything fit in those two packs. 🙂

  2. Anonymous 10 years ago

    Totally stunned you could pack that much in those backpacks! Wowzers!

  3. soultravelers3 10 years ago

    WOW! Someone sent me this list and I’m stunned. I would never call that traveling light and can’t imagine carrying that heavy of a load or what one would need 11 shirts etc for. Wow. nnWe’ve been traveling for 5 years non-stop as a family & this year we’ve got 18 plus stops completely around the world and we each just carry a small day pack each. ( Smaller than her smallest pack). And that includes 3 full sized laptops, toys for kiddo and homeschool supplies plus everything we need for a year of living as a family ( in several climates). We never check in luggage and that helps us stay speedy too and not worry about losing anything. nnI can not imagine traveling with that much …let alone with a three year old child. Maru00edlia is darling, but I think after she is on the road awhile, she will learn to pack much lighter. The lighter one packs the easier it is to get around…we zip through planes, airports, buses, trains, cargo ships etc …we’ve learned the great value of less is more. Minimalism works best for full time travel imho but of course, everyone must find what ever works best for them. nn”It was quite uncomfortable to travel with all of this ” Indeed!

    • soultravelers3 10 years ago

      I wrote this quickly late last night as a spontaneous reaction, but do realize that everyone has a different style and packing for one destination for 6 months is different than many countries. I want to make it clear that this is not a criticism of Marilla at all …she is amazing, beautiful inside and out and was generous to share her packing style and what works for her. My point in posting was to try to help others PLANNING travel because when I see people loaded down like this I want to help because I’ve BTDT and know an easier way.. IMHO light laundry on the road in warm climates is MUCH easier than lugging heavy loads around on one’s back. Live in one bathing suit and one sarong, wash clothes with feet when taking a shower…even a 3 year old will enjoy that. 😉

      • Marilia 10 years ago

        I agree with all thatu00b4s been said. Iu00b4d definitely advise anyone to bring way less than I did. I thought Iu00b4d arrive somewhere for 6 months fast and instead I dragged all that load around for many more stops. We sure donu00b4t use it all and half would have been enough. On the other hand, doing laundry once a week itu00b4s quite sweet :)nnI also had planned on Luu00edsa to carry her own backpack with toys, but we started off at 4.30am and after deciding it wasnu00b4t worth starting the day with such a hassle, I simply brought it all myself. I admit that it was just me indulging and not using the learning opportunity, like in many other occasionsu2026 nnIu00b4m thankful we finally stopped, and itu00b4s been really cool.n

        • soultravelers3 10 years ago

          So happy Marilla that you took this in the spirit given. I woke up this morning worried that I might have hurt your feelings and that was not my intention. I think you and all the single moms who travel are amazingly brave! As a former clothes horse I understand wanting more things and as a mom I understand wanting to avoid a kid hassle. 😉 One is always tweaking it due to experience. ;)nn Do they have washing machines where you are? In our rentals in Spain and Asia we have washing machines so it’s very easy to just throw tiny loads in at breakfast and hang to dry. I just do it once or twice a week. We even lucked out with washers and dryers in NYC , santa cruz, bora bora, Hawaii so only did hand laundry during our week in Sydney even during our faster RTW travel ( and we could have used washing machines there but found it easier/cheaper to do it in our hostel in the shower. ) Glad to hear you are having a great time! Good to rest a bit after travels and immerse more deeply. Enjoy!

          • Marilia 10 years ago

            Until now I handwashed half of the time. Iu00b4m still about to move to a new house and I can probably use the washing machine of my neighbor-mama fellow.nnI feel bad when I have little clothes to fill up a washing machine though…nnIu00b4m happy we are about to u00a8immerse more deeplyu00a8, make some steady friends and enjoy it all.

        • soultravelers3 10 years ago

          So happy Marilla that you took this in the spirit given. I woke up this morning worried that I might have hurt your feelings and that was not my intention. I think you and all the single moms who travel are amazingly brave! As a former clothes horse I understand wanting more things and as a mom I understand wanting to avoid a kid hassle. 😉 One is always tweaking it due to experience. ;)nn Do they have washing machines where you are? In our rentals in Spain and Asia we have washing machines so it’s very easy to just throw tiny loads in at breakfast and hang to dry. I just do it once or twice a week. We even lucked out with washers and dryers in NYC , santa cruz, bora bora, Hawaii so only did hand laundry during our week in Sydney even during our faster RTW travel ( and we could have used washing machines there but found it easier/cheaper to do it in our hostel in the shower. ) Glad to hear you are having a great time! Good to rest a bit after travels and immerse more deeply. Enjoy!

  4. soultravelers3 10 years ago

    Also, I think her daughter should carry her own roller ( and perhaps tiny backpack/purse if needed for toys) carry on for her things. We’ve always done that with our child and she enjoys it and makes it easier for all. kids need to walk and carry their stuff and they can do that well starting at 2.

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