Saturday, August 31, 2013

365 Inspirations—243: Packing

On my first trek to Machu Picchu nearly 20 years ago!
"Life is either a great adventure or nothing."—Helen Keller 

 Tomorrow we leave for Peru! Yikes!  Lots still to do, but I'm going to try and find inspiration in packing today. The weather is gorgeous today and we headed out to REI to pick up last minute hiking goods for our Salkantay Glacier Trek to Machu Picchu.

I took my husband to lunch at a fusion Chinese restaurant and then he had an ice cream outside in the sun while I was doing a few other last minute things.

My goal today is to try to pack so incredibly lightly that people look at my back pack and say, "That's all you have?!"

Things I'm bringing on my trip to Peru:
  • Therma Rest Air Mattress (I heard the trekking companies in Peru have uncomfortable mats)
  • Small/Packable Sleeping Bag
  • LL Bean Down Jacket that stuffs in pocket (got in 1996 when I did hiking in Himalayas!)
  • Helly Hansen Rain Pants/Jacket/stuffs in pockets (also got in 1996)
  • Convertible short/pants (Got on Amazon for $30)
  • Hiking Boots (Gore-tex Sportivas—Got on Amazon)
  • Water Sandals (Just picked up a pair of Keen Sandals on Super Sale at REI)
  • 2 tank tops/2 short sleeve shirts/2 long sleeve shirts
  • yoga pants
  • yoga mat
  • skirt
  • gloves/hat/sunhat
  • 4 pairs hiking socks
  • sunglasses
  • Fleece jacket
  • long underwear
  • Personals—insect repellant/sunblock/etc.
  • iPhone/ iPad mini for blogging ^_^!
I got a data plan on AT&T so that I can blog without roaming charges!

Looking forward to blogging and keeping you informed on the road of our expedition!

More soon from Peru—Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Vally, Puno, Lake Titicaca and beyond!

Do you enjoy packing for trips?


  1. Save and wonderful trip to you both!

  2. Enjoy your trip. I've never been good at packing, I think that's why I like to travel in the RV - everything is here with me. My Privo hiking sandals are wearing out and I want to get some Keen sandals, but they are too expensive on Amazon, I'll check REI.

  3. Hi Katherine, I just started blogging today and spent the last 2 hours reading your blog, it is amazing. I also wanted to thank you for making me change my point of view today. I wrote my first blog titled "My brain is full" this morning. I then read your blog and wrote my new blog "Learning to empty my brain" when having read your blog, I realised that I was still focused on my brain being full of stuff (work) and not on how to change this.

    I'm now away to order your book.

    Enjoy your travels and thanks again.

  4. Your trip is going to be exponentially more awesome BECAUSE you're not packing like you're moving to Peru! I pride myself on being a fairly savvy packer, as well (both my week in California and my week in Ireland were carry-on only- no checked bags for me!). My cousin, who is an avid world traveler, was shocked that I pack so well, but it's my hope to become even more savvy and pack even more lightly for future trips. I hope your time in Peru is incredible!