Packing List for Taiwan

Briggs & Riley Travel Tote

Trying to get my ultralight packing mojo back – my trip to DC involved all sorts of heavy items like denim (jacket, jeans) and boots. This list includes both what went into my bag and what I will wear on the plane. Total weight of my bag, packed, is 18 lbs.

The basic strategy is 2 bottoms, 6 tops, 2 3rd layers, all mix and match, all layer-able (if by some bizarre happenstance it winds up being 60 degrees in Taipei, I can just put on 3-4 layers and still be comfortable), all washable. Colors are mostly black, with teal, blue and green tops, and scarves that go with those colors.

Briggs & Riley Deluxe Travel Tote, 10.5×16.5×11.5 inches, for a total capacity of 1992 cubic inches
Advantage Deluxe Down Under Bag, 11.0×7.0x3.0, or another 231 cubic inches – this is my everyday bag
Baggallini zip out backpack, which will travel in the B&R tote

1 black knit blazer
1 black 3/4 sleeve crocheted cardigan
2 acetate/poly tank tops (green, teal)
2 silk 3/4 sleeve button up shirts (green, black)
2 lightweight cotton long sleeve crew neck tee shirts (green, blue)
1 pair black knit pants
1 black knit pencil skirt
1 pair black knee-high compression socks (for the plane – Taipei is subtropical, and I don’t plan to wear socks in general)
5 pairs microfiber panties
2 bras (1 regular, 1 sports bra)
1 set lightweight silk long johns (for use as pjs in the hotel, and for our return when it will probably be a lot colder than it is now)
1 swimsuit
1 black rain shell (alas, rain is forecast for almost every day of our trip – I am in the market for a chic, colorful rain jacket that packs well)
5 silk or poly scarves
1 teal pashmina
1 pair black pumps
1 pair black athletic shoes
2 pairs of bike gloves
1 pair of slipper-socks

2 sets of hex wrenches for the wheelchair
3 sizes of some other kind of bigger wrench (that I don’t know the proper name for) for the wheelchair
2 tubes
1 patch kit
2 tire levers
1 hand pump
1.5 oz Tri-Flow dry axle lube
1 tiny LED flashlight
1 down pillow, squashed into submission with 4 pack straps
1 travel clothesline
2 small s-biners
4-5 safety pins, different sizes
4-5 rubber bands
1 travel sewing kit
zip-lock bags in various sizes (quart, gallon, 2.5 gallon – good for washing clothes in)

1 travel size toothpaste
1 toothbrush
1 packet dental floss
1 round hairbrush
1 comb
1.5 oz shampoo
1.5 oz moisturizer
1.5 oz DEET
1 oz antiseptic hand cleaner
2 oz sunscreen
1 small antiperspirant (I need to find one of those crystal thingies)
1 nail clipper
1 emery board
1 pair of tweezers
1 small lint roller
Blistex lip balm
sunglasses, case, cleaning cloth

1 guidebook
1 paperback novel
printouts of air itinerary, hotel, diagram of Terminal 2 at TPE, shuttle reservations
1 pen
1 small (3×5-ish) notepad
1 Samsung netbook
netbook charger
1 rented Taiwan-based cellphone
cellphone charger
1 digital camera (contains SD card)
1 extra camera battery
1 credit card
1 debit card
1 health insurance card



  1. chekoala

    hope it’s all typhoon-proof!

  2. Karen

    I could take a lesson from the way you pack. I overpack to go to beach!

  3. MizB

    Several mainstream brands of deodorant are now offering crystal in a regular-type dispenser. I’ve also seen the crystals themselves a few rows down in the personal grooming supplies.

    They don’t make you stop perspiring, just make it odorless (also useful for feet).
    Latest from MizB: This Strange Flesh of MS


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