Summer Series: “The Essentials: Summer Luggage for Every Traveler”

Summer Series: “The Essentials: Summer Luggage for Every Traveler”

To avoid the sinking feeling elicited only when you know you’ve forgotten something at home on a summer trip, I am curating packing lists for anxious travelers. I am promising not to make the same mistake as years past and pass that benediction on to you.

DAY TRIP: fits in a backpack.
One of my favorite summertime activities is going on solo adventures– through the city or into the trails, all on foot or public transport.
I pack my mini-backpack with just the essentials:
1. Chapstick
2. Wallet
3. Earbuds
4. Apple
5. Nalgene bottle, full
6. Sunglasses
7. Hair ties
8. Portable charger, fully charged
9. Portable speaker, just in case.
10. Book, preferably Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

WEEK TRIP: fits in a duffel.
I’m going to the beach this summer! Though a rare occurrence, I’m determined to not let anything slip through my fingers. Along with the essentials listed above, here are some necessary additions:
1. Clothes (duh)
a. PJs
b. Bathing suit
2. Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
3. Towel
4. Summer schoolwork
a. Writing utensils
b. Graphing calculator
5. Chargers
6. Disposable camera
7. Frisbee
8. Snacks, like dried fruit
9. Flip-flops
10. More books, because just one doesn’t cut it. Start with Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

MONTH TRIP– fits in a suitcase
This August, I’m jetting to China to visit my family. It’s a long trip for which I’m always caught unawares. Along with the items above, here are some necessary additions:
1. Sneakers
2. One nice outfit
3. Laptop
4. Scissors. These will come, surprisingly, in handy.
5. Notebook– for when inspiration strikes.
6. Some empty suitcase space for stuff to bring home
7. Even more books! Illogically, I find that their value outweighs their clunkiness. I suggest The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Have fun on your travels, adventurer! This is going to be your best summer yet.

Angela Qian ’20 | Literary Staff

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