Happy Monday! Last night I slept in my bed for the first time since mid-January. Wow. What an amazing feeling. I love traveling, but who can beat snoozing in their own bed, hogged by their own huge dog? I didn’t think so. I wanted to republish this post today since I’ll be stuffing all this goodness into my own bag this evening. On Wednesday, I’m embarking on my first official travel guiding trip. Five first-time travelers (to Asia) will be in my hands – better wish us luck 😉
Katie here : Sarah’s in Thailand! What a lucky bum! But really, I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to hear about the adventures as she travels. During her first stint in Thailand, she kept a lengthy journal on her Tumblr account and it was amazing – all of our friends and family were anxious waiting for each new post. If you’re interested in that experience, those posts are still accessible – just scroll down to November 2011 through April 2012 in her archive. Today she’s checking in with a timely post on packing and staying calm when your luggage takes a different plane ;-).
Once upon a time, packing was a completely daunting task. I remember I would call my friend Kandy and we would pack together, which really meant wandering around our respective rooms talking about random things and placing an item or two in a bag every twenty minutes or so. Fast forward ten years and packing is a breeze. I have an easy foolproof method that I stick to and my packing gets completed in no time. Today I wanted to share a sample packing list for spending one month in Thailand and how I go about packing in general. Continue reading
Howdy! Nine days until I fly to Ecuador and I can tell you, I’m not ready! I’m just beginning to pull out my backpack and lazily toss things inside. I’ll be in Ecuador for about two weeks. The first week, I’ll be attending and working at a yoga retreat. The second week, I’m planning on climbing a couple mountains. While packing, I always think back to this article and while I can’t pack quite as light as that couple, I’m really going to try to take only the bare minimal on this trip. I’ll need some equipment for trekking and a few gadgets for my photo work, but otherwise not much.
Here’s what I’m taking:
- yoga mat
- hiking boots
- black Nikes
- Undies + bras
- 2 pairs hiking socks
- 3 pairs regular socks
- 2 tank tops
- 2 yoga pants
- fleece-lined pants
- elephant pants
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 tee shirts
- 1 wool longsleeve
- 1 maxi dress
- 1 down jacket
- North Face rain jacket
- 1 balaclava
- 1 scarf
- 1 beanie
- pair of gloves + mittens
- camelbak hydration system
- digital camera, SD cards, battery & charger
- film camera, 6 rolls of film
- phone, charger & portable battery
- headphones, headlamp, batteries
- wallet – credit cards, cash & passport
- book & pen
- toiletries – (face oil, brush, deo, toothbrush + paste, chapstick, sunscreen, hair ties, etc)
- sleeping bag, space blanket, life straw, compass, survival cards, lighter
- electrolyte tablets, hand warmers, tea
That’s it for now. I plan on taking my hiking backpack and a small shoulder bag to carry everything. I’ll also pack everything inside big plastic bags for protection. Am I forgetting anything?
Namaste. Ready for your yoga retreat? Freaking out because you’re so excited and don’t know what to pack? Sweet. I gotcha covered. You basically need nothing except a great attitude, but I’ll round out the list with a few other essentials.
Ever since posting about my experience at Rishikul Yogshala’s 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal, I received emails from prospective students asking, ‘WTF do I pack?!’ and the answer is so simple. You don’t need much. Imagine what you take to a yoga studio each time you go to practice. Imagine all the things you leave at home. Now pack accordingly.
Yoga Teacher Training / Retreat Packing List:
- Yoga mat
- Drink bottle
- Hand towel
- Full sized towel / yoga towel if you use one
- Light blanket or sarong (this is really more of a travel in general must, but it’s very useful if your retreat is going to incorporate Yoga nidra or if you get cold during savasana.)
- A few yoga outfits – whatever that means to you.
- Slip on shoes – flip flops or something similar since you’ll be slipping in and out of your shoes each time you enter the studio.
- A notebook and pen
- A light read or an ipod with some calming tunes. Sometimes you’ll need to fall asleep (teacher training starts early!), but you’ll still feel energized from all the asana so bring a tool that drifts you off to dreamland.
- A snack to quell hunger at inconvenient times. I usually take raw pine nuts, almonds or walnuts or a box of these fig bars.
Things To Leave At Home:
- Extra Work (including your blog, sorry!)
- Social Media & Your Love of Wifi
That rounds out the essentials. Here’s the complete Yoga Teacher Training Packing List that I used specifically for the Rishikul Yogshala 200hr YTT in Pokhara, Nepal.
If you are contemplating a yoga teacher training, I highly recommend Rishikul Yogshala.