Kerala: The Perfect Packing List

3 Cities: 2 Climates: 1 Backpack

If you read my last post, you know that my girlfriends and I visited Kerala, India in early March.

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You’ll notice from the photos that the climate of the two cities (Alappuzha and Munnar) is drastically different.

  • Alappuzha is a brilliant combination of beach and backwater. We visited at the beginning of March and the temperature was upwards of 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit)

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  • Munnar is a mountainous region– tons of hills and tons of greenery. The temperature was much cooler there (almost chilly) at 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit)

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“Wow, Angel! What did you pack for this trip? And how on Earth did you fit it all in one single backpack??” -Everyone in my virtual audience gasps 

I am SO glad that you all asked! 🙂

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For the sake of expedience, I’ve made a visual packing list for ya’ll!

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As you can see, I only packed one small backpack. I also have a camera bag on my other shoulder.

3 Cities: 2 Climates: 1 Backpack

What was in my backpack?

Clothes-

1 Mid-length Skirt (pictured above)

1 Bodysuit (pictured above)

1 Leather Jacket (pictured above)

1 Lightweight Scarf (pictured above)

1 Pair of Black Flats (pictured above)

1 Bra (pictured and slightly visible above -_- )

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Jeans: Gap/ Flannel: Thrift/ Tank: Zara/ Tshirt: Zara/ Dress: Vero Moda/ Leggings: 90 Degrees

1 Pair of Jeans

1 Warm, Sturdy Flannel

1 Knee-length Dress

1 White T-shirt

1 White Tank Top (I never wore this. I shouldn’t have packed it.)

1 Pair of Black Leggings

1 Swimsuit

4 Pairs of Underwear (not pictured)

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Bodysuit: Zara/ Skirt: Thrift/ Swimsuit: ASOS

My flight outfit was very comfortable. The mid-length skirt was breathable but also covered my legs to keep me warm.

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Novel: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

I wore my leather jacket onto the plane for 2 reasons:

  1. It gets REALLY cold on flights!
  2. It is a bulky item and wearing it saved tons of space in my backpack.

How did I pack?

If you read my earlier post, My Summer 2016 Suitcase Mission, you know that I strongly believe in the power of R O L L I N G.

Seriously though! This strategy has never failed me.

I rolled up all of my clothes…

I tied my scarf onto the handle of my bag (one of my favorite space saving strategies)…

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And viola! I was packed for Kerala!

… almost.

Toiletries & Miscellaneous Bag Items

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Hair Gel (for ma edges, honey)

Makeup Wipes

1 Bar of Dove Soap (hostels rarely provide soap)

Phone charger

Laptop (Surface Pro 3— super lightweight)

Camera Bag Contents

Camera (Canon EOS Rebel T6)

2 lenses (18-55mm & 75-300mm)

Camera Charger

Extra 16GB memory card

Laptop charger (I keep my laptop charger in my camera bag. This saves a surprising amount of space in my backpack)

Plug adapter (never, ever forget to pack this ya’ll)

Medicine Bottle**

Pro Tip: I have a very severe nut allergy (not fun when you live in India.) I also have a very spacey memory and general disregard for my well-being. I cannot tell you how many times I have taken a bite of food without making sure that it was nut-free– and how many times I’ve regretted the decision. To ensure that I always have medicine on hand I carry a mini-pharmacy in my camera bag– something I never leave the house without.

** My mini-pharmacy includes:

  • Tei-Fu (my life-saving allergy oil— try this if you are anaphylaxic like me)
  • Pain Medicine (I use acetaminophen)
  • Charcoal Tablets (for when street food doesn’t agree with you)
  • Diarrhea medicine (for when you ignore the warning signs to take charcoal pills)
  • Benadryl
  • 1 band-aid
  • & 1 Q-tip (because you just never know)

Fin! These are the contents of my backpack and camera bag!


Packing Bloopers!

You might be thinking: “Angel, I can see the makeup on your face in these pictures. Don’t act like you didn’t pack any!

LOL. Storytime.

Soooo, I forgot to pack my makeup on this trip. Luckily my dearest friend Tina left on a later flight! She brought my forgotten items to me on day 2.

My makeup consisted of:

Mascara

E.L.F. brow kit– my absolute favorite

2 ColourPop matte lipsticks (Creeper & Limbo)

Burts Bee’s chapstick

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Thanks for reading!

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