Packing list: Australia

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May 11, 2010 by 8junebugs

Feel free to skip this one. 😉

Trip duration
8 days on the ground, 42 hours in flight + connections

(12 hours in San Francisco on the way home)

Expected weather

Mid-50s into the upper 60s, showers possible on Monday.

Likelihood of liveblogging our trip

Low. Really low.


(Hooray for casual cultures!)

  • Alicia’s black dress New vintage-y black dress with some pink and some sparkles (le weight loss necessitated some last-minute shopping)
  • fishnet stockings for wedding (optional…but fun and vaguely vintage)
  • 1 pair jeans (wear on plane)
  • 1 pair long cotton pants
  • 2 pairs denim capris
  • 1 pair other capris
  • 11 shirts — 6 tshirts, 4 tank tops, 1 “nice”
  • Swimsuit
  • Swimsuit cover-up
  • 8 pairs white ankle socks…4 athletic
  • 2 pairs cushy, my-feet-are-cold-in-the-hotel-room socks
  • 10 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 regular bras
  • 3 pairs running pants
  • 5 running tops
  • 5 sports bras
  • 2 pairs lounge/pj pants
  • 2 lounge/pj tops
  • 1 manky sweater
  • 1 light sweater
  • 1 jacket (wear on plane)


  • Running shoes (wear on plane)
  • 1 pair fancy shoes for wedding
  • 1 pair comfy black flats
  • 1 pair dark silver flip-flops



  • spare glasses
  • sunglasses
  • jewelry, headband for wedding
  • heart rate monitor (maybe)
  • hats: 1 baseball, one…not
  • straightening iron (maybe)

all in backpack

  • Laptop w/battery/cord
  • Digital camera
  • Cell phone/blackberry w/ chargers
  • Power converter
  • Power adapter

In-flight entertainment
some in backpack each way

  • The Purple Nano loaded with at least 50 podcasts that I have dutifully not been listening to
  • Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country, which is already cracking me up and giving me a whole new respect for Australia
  • Posh little book of wordfinds
  • Will Shortz’s Puzzlemaster Vol. 1
  • Steve Krug’s Rocket Surgery Made Easy
  • Kristina Halvorson’s Content Strategy for the Web
  • travel pillow and eye mask because, seriously?


  • AA batteries and/or charger–for the camera, which was a gift long ago and doesn’t use long-lasting lithium
  • journal
  • snacks
  • hand sanitizer (planes, yo — you just never know what you’ll pick up)
  • sunscreen

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