Packing a travel blogger’s backpack

Packing for two weeks in Europe

Packing. That’s what I’m doing. We leave for two weeks in Europe today and I’m immersed in that getting-ready-to-go stage as I assemble all the clothes and gear we’ll need. It occurred to me in the middle of all this that the contents of my backpack look very different than they did before I started blogging. I’ll be bringing two cameras, and my iPhone, a tripod, a microphone for videos (that didn’t make it into the picture – oops!), not one but two GPS, notebooks, pens of various shades, as well as some reading for inspiration.

I’m going to admit up front that I’ve been more loose about this trip than when we’ve gone on to Europe previously. I have more of an outline than a strict day-to-day plan. But in a way I’m kind of looking forward to that – the kids are older now and have their own opinions about what we should do and I feel more competent to make decisions along the way. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

My plan for the next few weeks is to send postcards from the road – short posts with photos (and maybe a video or two) that tell you just how much I wish you were with us. And of course when I come back there will be many stories to tell about climbing the biggest dune in Europe our return to the Jardin de Luxembourg.

And now it’s my absolute favorite moment: Time to put all those items in that pack and hit the road. See you soon!



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  1. says

    So excited for your trip. What mic did you end up getting by the way. I’ve been looking for one for a while but haven’t had time to research (cause you know, I was giving birth and stuff). Can’t wait to follow your postcards while you are away and check out some of your videos!

  2. says

    It sounds like your packing has evolved. I am surpised by the lack of personal stuff, e.g. passport, itineraries, medications, tissues, etc. that you don’t have in your packsack. I usually pack some personal stuff. Also, I pack a change of clothes in case my luggage is lost. I usually use the website: to create my travel packing checklist. It has the most items of any list.

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