How do you pack for a 5 week trip to Tyler, Texas, a 2 week trip to Winterton, S. Africa, and then arrive to a ship that will sail for ~7 days and arrive in tropical Tamatave, Madagascar?
There are lots of travel websites out there with tips on packing lightly, capsule wardrobes and how to pack for year-long round-the-world trips. But my itinerary is a little out of the norm.
The assumption for overseas work is that you’ll be wearing the most practical, least expensive clothing you can find, and forgoing comfort.
True and not true.
Life on the ship is very normal at first glance. There are quite a few familiar comforts and amenities. I am on a budget, but there are some strategic items that just make life easier! I spent a couple extra bucks on these, but I’m glad I did!
This lotion is the best lotion I’ve ever used, and Dollar Tree sells it! My malaria medication last field service made my skin unbearably dry. My lips and eyelids constantly stung and cracked, and lotions or creams burned. It was very painful and unsightly. After trying every bottle of lotion in my possession, I tried a bottle of Dermasil my mother-in-law sent me. It was amazing. So smooth and it didn’t sting. It’s gentle enough that I could put it directly on my lips and eyelids without any irritation at all! Miraculous! I was so excited when I noticed Dermasil is sold in the Ship Shop for all my fellow crew members! Less than $2 makes me love it even more. You will find ahh-mayyy-zing reviews for it online if you don’t believe me.
|Hang it anywhere!|
I just bought this for $7.99 (although currently priced at $9.99) from Rick Steves travel website. There is a short clothesline in the ship cabins, but I often have more clothes than will fit on that. This clothesline can be hung on doorknobs, magnets or anything that sticks out. It’s braided and stretchy so you don’t need pins. I just tuck a corner of a sheet or a towel within the braid and it stays put! I’ve already been using it in Texas because there is nowhere to hang wet towels in our dorms!
Anatomie “Susan” Travel Pants
|Zipper details and lots of pockets|
I became obsessed with these pants a few months ago after hearing about them on Travel Fashion Girl’s website. I scoured the web to see if they were actually worth the $225 price tag. Can you believe anyone would pay that much willingly for a pair of pants?!? That price tag is way past my comfort level morally; I usually get clothes at the thrift shop! After my extensive (possibly obsessive) searching for reviews, it turns out these pants are awesome for a fashion-conscious traveler. They are high-quality, durable, comfortable, great in extremely hot temperatures, wrinkle-resistant, quick-dry, feather-light and very versatile. None of this would matter if they weren’t also CUTE! The best part about this story? I got a brand new pair on Ebay for $40. After experiencing them, I can tell you they are everything I was hoping for. Still way too expensive for my taste.