7kg for 17 days! How to pack light for a motorcycle road trip?!
Chantal's thoughts -

After our successful motorcycle road trip from Lebanon to Turkey and Bulgaria in September 2015, we decided to take another road trip yet this time in the United States of America. We decided to drive from Las Vegas to Miami in less than 17 days.

For me, a freak in organization, the best challenge of this adventure is packing, and packing light. We will be renting a Harley Davidson Electra Glide, so it has two saddled bags and a big box. My husband fadi and I decided to take three pack packs, one for each one of us and one for Fadi’s camera and equipment. 

So my strategic thinking started as soon as we decided on our trip. I went through four types of bags and two methods of packing before I finally decided which bag to take.

Here are the four types of bags that I tried:


I ended up taking the black backpack since we have long layover and a backpack is more comfortable.

As for my packing methods:

1. Ziplock bags: one method for packing is using ziplock bags. I packed each shirt, underwear and pair of socks in one ziplock and labeled it.



2. Packing compartments: or whatever they are called. This method allowed me to pack all my shirts, dresses and clothes in one compartment, the underwear and socks in one compartment and the toiletries in one.


After trying to fit both methods in each of the four bags, I decided to go forward and pack my clothes in the compartment method since it took less space. I also decided to take old clothes with me that I can throw away after using and I decided to buy new clothes from the US. What’s better than wearing a new tshirt everyday that is branded with the state we are in!?

Now that you know all my packing options, let’s discuss what I packed!

What I packed in my airplane compartment?

  • Passport
  • Tissues
  • Wipes
  • iPod shuffle/earphones
  • Wallet/credit card/cash
  • Pen/pencil
  • Eye drops
  • Sleeping pills
  • Hand cream
  • Lipsticks 
  • Perfume 
  • Gum
  • Listerine strips
  • Eye mask/Neckrest cushion
  • Book
  • Magazine 
  • Protein bar
  • Water bottle 



What I packed in my backpack?

Clothes:

  • 8 shirts
  • 8 panties
  • 1 bra
  • 8 socks 
  • 1 long dress
  • 1 short dress
  • 2 pajamas 
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 sandal
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 denim short 
  • 1 microfiber towel 

Toiletries: 

  • Shampoo/shower gel
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Hair brush 
  • Mouthwash 
  • Floss
  • Tweezers 
  • Hair products 
  • Panty liners 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Baby oil 
  • Lenses/solution 
  • Face cream
  • Aquaphor
  • Mascara/concealer
  • Nail file/ nail clipper 
  • Roll on 
  • Q-tips

Electronics:

  • Phone/charger
  • Charger adapter
  • Power bank
  • iPod shuffle charger 

Medications/First Aid:

  • Pain relievers
  • Hand plasters 
  • Antibiotics 
  • Vitamins 
  • Motion sickness meds 

Other:

  • Printed itenary/hotel booking/insurance/etc.

What I wore at the airport?

  • Denim Jeans
  • Tshirt
  • Denim best
  • Accessories 
  • Converse (with socks)
  • Not to mention underwear!


I guess this is it, for the time being I don’t know if I forgot anything, anyway, if I did, I can always buy what I forgot!

Cheers! And stay tuned for more blog posts about our road trip!

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