For some reason, I’ve had a really hard time figuring out what to pack for an upcoming trip to Brazil. I finally had to do a “pre-pack” day, which may seem like a ridiculous waste of time, but boy, I needed it! Not only did it ease my mind from worrying so much about it, but I realized my current packing list was completely skeewampus. It was as if I had never packed for a trip before! Anyway, this little “pre-pack day” reminded me of all the little tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years. So I thought I’d put together a list of packing tips before I head to Brazil for a few weeks. I’d love to hear your travel tips in the comments!
General International Travel Packing Tips
*This is in no way a complete list*
1. Plan your clothes so that you can mix and match different items. Stick with a theme and don’t bring things you don’t usually wear at home. If you’re like me, sometimes this means you need to have a pre-pack day – even trying things on to make sure everything feels right.
2. Bring at least three pairs of shoes. Comfortable walking/workout shoes. Shower sandals. And some dressier shoes/sandals.
3. Use packing cubes. Compartmentalize your stuff and make living out of a suitcase a tad bit easier on yourself.
4. Bring a dry bag big enough to do laundry in. This has saved me when I haven’t had access to a washer. It’s better than trying to do it in a sink. On that note, most places don’t have dryers, so bring a clothesline, and take note of how quickly certain clothes will actually dry.
5. Really consider what valuables you bring along. I personally leave my wedding ring at home and go with an enso latex ring or my thin gold adventure ring with which Bryan proposed to me in Thailand.
6. For camera gear, I don’t really hold back. It’s my job after all. But I do take measures to keep from looking too much like a photographer while I’m there. I purchased a Patagonia backpack to take as a day pack which would double as my camera bag. It looks a bit more inconspicuous and still packs quite a bit (including my drone, Canon 5d mark IV with a lens, a water bottle, rain jacket, batteries and memory cards with some room to spare for other knickknacks). I use Domke wraps, a DJI case for my drone, and then pack strategically so that my camera is at the top and easily accessible. And if needed, I can either strap my mini tripod to the side or slide it inside opposite of my water bottle. Relatively speaking, the setup I plan on bringing is quite slim. Everything has a purpose. One of the items I am most excited to be using on this trip is the Gnarbox traveling file system. I’m leaving my laptop behind and backing up all my photos through this little gem. In testing, I have absolutely loved it. It’s relatively fast, easy to use, and I can even extend the backup capacity by plugging in an external hard drive. I have dedicated a Seagate Slim 2TB drive for this reason.
8 Specific Items for Traveling in Brazil
- Shower sandals
- Outex waterproof camera case – really excited to get to use this with my 5D mark IV!
- Rain Jacket
- Lightweight Long sleeve shirt – damn mosquitos
- Buff or bandana – to use as a headband or for wiping sweat (it’s gonna happen)
- Type N power adapters
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellant
- Climbing shoes for climbing Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janiero
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