4 Countries, 5 Months, One Carry-On & A Day Bag

By GIRLWITHABOOK co-founder, Olivia Curl

For this project I had two packing goals: Pack light. Be prepared. For some trips, that's easy. Not the case for 4 countries, climates ranging from below freezing to 95 fahrenheit, varying cultural & modesty considerations, and so much more. Here's a video on what I brought and how I packed. 

What I Packed

3 Shirts

  • Long-sleeved purple button up with vents (REI)
  • Half-sleeved blue quick-dry & wicking shirt (Icebreaker)
  • Grey V-neck T-shirt (Target)

2 Tunics

  • Long sleeved teal polyester flowy tunic (mid-thigh, butt covering) 
  • 3/4 Sleeve white and blue long tunic (just above knee) (H&M)

3 Bottoms

  • One pair straight legged regular jeans
  • One pair black athletic leggings (with zippered pockets)
  • One pair black cotton leggings (for warmer weather)


  • 4 pairs quick-dry underwear (Ex-Officio)
  • 1 pair cotton underwear
  • 1 quick-dry tank top (Ex-Officio)
  • 1 regular, black bra
  • 1 nude semi-padded sports-bra (Patagonia)
  • 3 pairs wool socks (Smart Wool, Darn Tough)

Lounge Stuff

  • 1 pair athletic shorts
  • 1 pair scrub bottoms


  • 1 long sleeve base layer shirt (REI)
  • 1 flannel button-up shirt (Patagonia)
  • 1 water-proof rain coat (North Face)
  • 1 puffy jacket, rated to 32 degrees fahrenheit, with stuff sack
  • 1 pair touch-screen gloves (Mountain Hardware)
  • 1 Buff (REI)


  • Sturdy sandals with toe protection (Keen)
  • 1 pair TOMS 
  • 1 pair hiking boots with gortex & ankle support (Vasque)

Not Shown

  • 1 scarf (SO IMPORTANT)
  • Assorted medical & first aid supplies
  • Toiletries (I kept it pretty simple here)
  • Electronics (dear god that will be a whole different post)

My Packs


PacSafe CitySafe 200  (day bag)


Her Packing List