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Silk Roadistan Packing: 5 Items I’m Excited to Have with Me


I consider myself a bit of a pack snob. I always err on the side of caution and go with less is more, pretty much because I hate to carry a heavy, heavy bag. It’s just not fun!

For this reason, it was my joy to have started the Her Packing List website where I tend to throw all my packing-related posts and ideas these days, but a few people commented on my anonymous site survey that they wished they had more of an inside view of the things I took with me on my travels right here on this site.

In an attempt to please the masses, but also just because I really enjoy talking about a good piece of travel gear, here is a run-down of 5 technical or multipurpose items I’m exceptionally excited to have with my on the Silk Roadistan tour:

The Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible – Bags by Ebags

For years I had used my top-loading backpack for travels, but it got really annoying when I needed to get something out that was in the middle of my bag. It also didn’t seem to suit smaller trips which are a big part of my travel style these days. I got in touch with Ebags and was excited to get the opportunity to test out the Mother Lode bag on our big trip because it just looked so versatile! It can easily be a carry-on bag with all the organization, handles, side sling strap, computer pouch and then some to make it super convenient, but it also has hideable backpack straps and the ability to expand to nearly 60 liters for the longer trip.


Slingsafe 300 GII – Pacsafe

This little bag has been acting as my daypack, purse, and carry-on bag for the trip. Although small, it fits a surprising amount of stuff inside: my 13” MacBook Pro, my pocket camera, a book, a t-shirt, notebooks, pens, deodorant, hair brush, soap, hand sanitizer, my cables and plug adapter, etc. Plus, it comes with padded straps and secure zips. Let’s also not forget about the exomesh slash protection!

pacsafe daypack

My review after 2 months of use:

The Infinity Skirt

Even though I don’t know how to make it work 100 different ways, the infinity skirt is a win for the female traveler. It goes with jeans, it works with leggings, and it is great as a simple skirt. Read my post over on Her Packing List to see how cool and versatile this item can be.

Women’s Savvy Dress-up – Exofficio

I never, ever, ever have anything cute to wear when I travel – ya know… something that can really be worn out to look nice or to just be casual cute. Exofficio was kind enough to offer me the Women’s Savvy Dress-up for this trip, and I’m over the moon! It’s simple, it’s black, and it is the type of thing that can be tossed in my bag and forgotten about until I need to whip it out.

photo from Exofficio website

Icebreaker City 260 Villa Hood

This merino mid-layer is the first piece of merino gear I’ve ever owned. Since Pat and I didn’t want to pack a big jacket, we wanted to invest in a quality layer. When searching around at local shops, the workers at many locations ranted and raved about Icebreaker, so we found a good deal and bought. So far, I’ve noticed it really heats up as soon as you’re exposed to a bit of sun or walk around a minute or two. We’ve been chilly in Cappadocia, but definitely pretty damn good considering we’re both rocking this super-thin jacket.

icebreaker jacket

And there you have it! I’ll be writing up some official reviews on Her Packing List when I get to using these items more and can give a fair run-down. When that happens, I’ll be sure to link up these list items with the extended post.

Have any of you tried these items before? What do you think of them?


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7 Responses to Silk Roadistan Packing: 5 Items I’m Excited to Have with Me

  1. Uriel April 14, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Hey! hello! Your blog is really interesting.
    How can I get in touch with you, i would like to talk personally via skype.
    Ive got some questions about teaching english in Ukraine.
    Sorry for the lack or signs, keyboard failing lol.

  2. Katrina April 14, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for the post Brooke – packing is always a challenge. I usually google heaps of sites and take their best suggestions and run with it. Although, to whoever told me I didn’t need thermals on the Inca Trail – not true lol (yes my fault for not taking them anyways) 🙂

    • Brooke May 5, 2012 at 1:05 am #

      Go with merino! Breathable, keeps your body temp regulated.

  3. Heather April 15, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Great items, Brooke! An Aussie gal pal of mine raves about Icebreak and I wish I would have picked up a couple of shirts before I left. I’m eager to hear how the ExO dress, Weekender bag, and Slingsafe go — definitely all things I’d be interested in.


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