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It has been 5 grueling months since the last time I was off island (short day trips to neighboring islands not included). The day I have been looking forward to for what seems to be forever is finally here. This island girl is leaving on a jet plane. Destination: Washington DC.

It is a known fact that I dress better when abroad and so packing is the highlight of my pre-travel routine. But since I am also traveling by myself with no husband to drag my heavy suitcases for me, I decided as a courtesy to my poor back to pack light or as light as I can.

An Island girl's guide to packing

In my suitcase:

  • 4 t-shirts
  • 2 dress shirt
  • 3 long sleeves
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 dress
  • 2 leggings
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of comfy harem pants (Sooooo comfortable to travel in)
  • 16 panties (Rule of thumb: 2 x the days you will be away which in my case is 8)
  • 2 bras and 3 sports bras
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 3 scarves
  • 1 pair of sneakers for exploring, working out and hiking
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 1 pair of Converse sneakers
  • 1 denim jacket
  • 1 leather jacket
  • 1 long cardigan
  • Enough tampons, pantyliners and pads jus because you never know. Aunt Flo can be a sneaky little bitch sometimes.
  • Gifts for the friends I’m visiting

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Hair and skin products:

  • 1 leave in conditioner to moisturize my hair in the DC weather. My hair becomes quite unruly in chilly weather and some type of moisturizer is a must.
  • 1 small bottle of non-sulfate shampoo
  • 1 small tube of conditioner
  • 1 comb
  • 1 brush
  • 1 untangling brush
  • 1 small tube of body lotion
  • 1 pack of make up remover towelettes

In my backpack:

  • Laptop for blogging of course and business although I intend not to do much of the latter.
  • Tablet. My i-Pad is my entertainment system on planes. I got my favorite books downloaded here and at least two girly movies.
  • My phone of course. What will I do without my travel apps?
  • Selfie stick (I hate the damn thing but have learned that they are a necessary evil for bloggers)
  • My Camera
  • 1 trashy magazine for during lift off and descend
  • Expandable custom jewelry and make up travel bag (Always pack your jewelry in your hand luggage).
  • Chargers
  • My passport
  • A pashmina. This damn thing is just so versatile. You can wear it anyway or with anything.
  • A pen
  • My emergency pouch

In my emergency pouch:

  • My toothbrush
  • My deodorant
  • 1 nail clipper
  • 1 tweezer
  • 1 razor
  • 1 small tube of toothpaste
  • My sleeping mask
  • 1 tiny perfume sample
  • 1 pair of underwear in case you get delayed or your flight is canceled
  • Birth control pills
  • Pain medications (Unfortunately my endometriosis travels with me wherever I go)
  • Lip balm
  • Heartburn chewables
  • lipstick
  • Eye drops
  • 1 Tampon
  • 1 pantyliner
  • Anti diarrhea pills and stool softeners (You eat different when abroad and these pills can come in handy)

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What is in your suitcase and where are you off to next?

Happy Travels.