Becca’s Guide to Overpacking: California Edition

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a list maker.  Whenever I am going on a trip, I always have a list of everything that I need to pack.  Even with said list I worry that I’m going to forget something but it helps keep me mostly on track.

Anyone that knows me also knows that I am a chronic over-packer.  Yes, even when I make a list I pack too much stuff.  How?  Because these kinds of questions start to go through my head as I pack:

  • What if I don’t want to wear that shirt? Better pack several options.
  • What if I tragically spill something on my outfit and I have to change? I have to have more clothes if that happens!
  • What if I need more “nice” stuff for things that come up that I haven’t planned for? Better pack an extra outfit just in case.

Basically, it ends up boiling down to I don’t love the idea of doing laundry on vacation and I like to have options.

With all that being said, I think I did a pretty good job of NOT overpacking for my trip to California.  I still packed more than my mom suggested I pack – she kept telling me I could do laundry.  While I know she’s right, I just really don’t like doing laundry on vacation.  Leave the chores for when I get home, Mother!

I’m in California for over a week (9 nights, to be exact).  In the time that I am here, I have a wedding to go to, my grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration, a trip to Disneyland, and who knows what else my cousin and I will dream up.  The weather is also all over the place this week, from highs in the 90s, to tolerable lows in the high 60s.  So, I needed variety while making sure the essentials were covered.  I had two lists – one for my backpack that I would carry on the plane and one for my checked bag.


  • MacBook
  • MacBook charger
  • Headphones and dongle (I still hate Apple for getting rid of normal headphone jacks)
  • iPhone charger
  • Apple watch charger
  • School notebook (sadly, school doesn’t stop while I’m on vacation, so homework on the plane it is!)
  • Planner
  • Pen/pencil box
  • Leisure reading book
  • Wallet
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses case
  • Mickey ears
  • Portable battery packs (I won’t make it through Disneyland without them)
  • Micro-USB cord (for charging said portable battery packs)
  • Meds
  • Car keys (because I need my house key if I want to get in my house when I get home)

Checked bag

  • Disney castle t-shirt
  • Mickey t-shirt
  • Shorts (2-3 pairs)
  • Jeans (1 pair…I wore the other pair on the plane)
  • Sports bra
  • Black bra
  • Socks (I said 10 pairs…but I only packed 7 because I’ll be living my best sandal life some days)
  • Underwear (x10…just in case)
  • Purple dresses (Torrid dress and other purple dress…these are for wedding and birthday celebrations)
  • Denim jacket (to go with said dresses)
  • Sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Hedwig purse
  • Other t-shirts (x6)
  • Tank tops (I wear them under my tshirts, don’t judge me)
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Hair ties
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen

Even with a list as comprehensive as this, I still feel like I forgot something.  It’s a good thing that this is a domestic trip so if I did forget something I don’t have to worry about paying crazy exchange rate prices to get it!

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