Six weeks, two people, one backpack…

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice (ok, maybe a couple of hundred times…!) that I am going on a six-week road trip around the United States of America! I actually can’t believe that in just a few days, this trip that James and I have been planning for over a year, is finally happening!

When it comes to traveling, as much as I like planning where we’re going to go, what we’re going to see/eat/do etc., one of my favourite parts is packing. I know, it’s really sad, but I love getting organised, planning out my outfits, deciding what makeup and skincare to pack, and challenging myself to take only what is necessary. 

James and I have decided to pack extremely light for this trip to the States. We are traveling by plane, bus and car and know that we will have to literally carry everything, everywhere. It may sound a little anal, but by being really strict and planning in advance, it has really helped us to pack only what we actually need. 

I appreciate that six weeks is a long time, and not only are we away for that long, we are also traveling across the whole country from chilly New York City, to the baking hot, Joshua Tree. So not only have we had to create a capsule wardrobe to last us six weeks, we have also had to take into account the various kinds of weather we will have to dress for. 

I think the fact that we have been living a much more minimal lifestyle of late has also helped, as my wardrobe is now the smallest that it has ever been. This made it much easier when picking out items that I wanted to pack for our trip. Below I have listed all of the clothes that I am taking to the USA, which all fits into a small and medium packing cube. We are taking one backpack to hold all of our clothes, and then a Kanken backpack for my laptop, camera, travel docs etc. 



- Three/Four Casual T-Shirts
- One/Two Dressy Tops
- One Shirt
- One Workout/Gym/Active Top
- One Evening Cardigan
- One Casual/Day Jumper


- One Pair Of Casual Jeans
- One Pair Of Smart/Black Jeans
- One Pair Of Denim Shorts
- One Pair Of Day/Casual Shorts
- One Pair Of Leggings
- One Pair Of Jogging/Gym/Workout Leggings


- One Pair Of PJs
- One Pair Of Comfortable/Baggy Trousers
- One Oversized Universal Jumper


- One Pair Of Tights
- Seven Pairs Of Socks
- Seven Pairs Of Knickers/Thongs/Pants


- One Casual Day Dress
- One Black/Evening Dress
- One Shirt Dress


- One Pair Of Trainers/Day Shoes
- One Pair Of Sandals
- One Jacket
- One Scarf
- One Day Hat
- One Bobble Hat
- One Pair Of Gloves


- One Day Bag/Small Back Pack
- A Few Key Pieces Of Universal Jewellery

There is obviously no right or wrong way of packing for a trip as everyone’s preferences and routes are different. We knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to pack much, and we are staying in Air BnBs whilst in America so we can wash our clothes on the go.

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