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The SAS Packing List

Packing for a SAS trip is a crazy, exciting thing.  I've been off the ship for almost two months now (boo-hoo) and I still find myself shopping for things to take on the trip.  It's like that dream you have about missing a test in high school...

I did a few posts about packing pre-trip and I wanted to combine that with my now expert (haha) alumni knowledge in a new post for future SASers.

First little bit of advice is to start early, especially for things you have to shop for.  Part of the reason is to have plenty of time to prepare and part of the reason is because who wants to wait to start obsessing about the trip!?!  I started collecting things in my SAS Bag several months in advance.  About one to two months ahead of time I started seriously making and editing my packing list and aquiring items I would need to buy.  About two weeks or so before the trip I started the mamoth process of packing because I knew it would take me several tries to fit everything.  (I was still shoving random things in as we were leaving for the airport.)

My huge duffle bag waiting to be filled.

Here is my (annotated) master packing list.  (I may or may not have copped a lot of it from other alumni's lists.)  I'll come back and edit it as I think of them.

4 pairs athletic shorts
bathing suits (two, one to ruin)
belt (2)
bras (3)
capris (1 jeans 1 khaki)
business dress/outfit (1)
dress for ambassador’s Ball  (or buy one on the trip)
flip-flops (3)
goofy outfit(s)
hiking shoes
jacket  (temperatures may get below freezing some places)
jeans (2)  (Only needed one)
khaki long pants
shorts (4)
skirt (1)
sleep shirt (1)  (You will buy more)
socks (4)
sports bras (2)
sweat pants (2) 
sweatshirt (1)  (You will buy more)
t-shirts (3)  (You will buy more)
tank tops (4+)
underwear (18) 
walking shoes
workout clothes
yellow bandana
scarf (to cover up in religious places)
Long sleve shirts made of light airy fabric (2)  (didn't bring this but wish I had)
Rain poncho

big conditioner
big shampoo
bobby pins
chapstick (3)
cover up/concealer
eye liner
facepaint (for sea olympics and having fun with kiddies in port)
hair bands
hair brush
hair clips
hair products (well, not really. you don't need them and they take up too much space)
lady things
lip gloss
nail file
nail polish
nail polish remover
tide spot stain remover
travel size bath bottles for travel in port  (didn’t use them)
makeup remover wipes

AA bateries  (didn't need them)
AAA Bateries  (didn't need them)
auto-shut off curling iron and straightener
bag of beans (to dry out electronics in humidity)
battery powered alarm clock (or cell phone with alarm)
book light
camera battery charger
camera case
camera cord
video camera
waterproof case (you WILL want this!)
DVD movies
cell phone 
cell phone charger
flash drives
handheld fan
hard drive  (you will definitely want one!)
headphones (2)
ipod speakers
ipod USB cord
iPod wall charger
laptop charger
kindle charger
solar charger and cables 
extra camera memory card 
universal outlet adapter (or at least European adapter)

Yeah, that's right.  A coloring book.  It was awesome.

My homemade journal.

calculator  (pocket sized so you can bring it with you in port and calculate prices!)
blank paper
colored pencils
coloring book
lined notebooks
pencils (11)
pens (9)
rubber bands (10)
safety pins
sketch supplies
water colors
glue stick

Art  supplies

School Supplies (The smiley faces are vital)

1 bottle advil
Emergen-C  (good for rehydration and preventing sickness)
aloe vera
anti malaria meds
antibiotics for travelers diarrhea
band-aids (40)
blister pads
cold eeze
cough drops
first aide kit
hand sanitizer (4)
medical documentation
Medical hisotry 
neosporin (2)
non drowsy dramamine!!!!!  (may save your life/sanity)  
ginger gum  (for nausea)
vapor rub
prescription meds IN their original containers

For On The Ship
anti wrinkle spray!!!!!
my roommate had this awesome cosmetic holder that hung on the door...get that
beach towel
big world map for wall in cabin (can buy on ship for like $4)
blanket if can fit  (Didn't need it)
candy  (can buy on ship, but bring your own too)
clothes pins (10)
collapsible hanging boxes (didn't bring/need)
dry erase board for door
dry erase markers
duct tape (1 roll) for taping drawers shut in rough water.  Some staff members said it was banned, but other staff members said it was ok and let me take it on.  Don't sneak it on.
laundary stuff
laundry bag
lock/safe  (don't need.  One in room)
magnets (20)  (bring even more of these than you think you will need so you can decorate your room)
pictures of friends and family
playing cards
sink stopper
small jorunal (2) 
snacks (you will get sick of ship food fast!  think ahead!)
      -Cup a noodle soup
      -powerbars or granola bars or something like that
      -fill all the extra space in your bags with food!!!!
sunglasses and case
tea, hot chocolate packets, crystal light!!!!!
tide spot stain remover
trash bags (2)
travel mug
Word magnets
ziplock bags (9)
sewing kit
ear plugs
peanut butter (FYI don't try and sneak this into Tibet)

Misc. and Docs
$100 in $1  (at least)
$1 per day for cabin steward tips
2 copies of passport photo
4 copies of passport front page
addresses of friends/family 
copies of credit card (2)
copy of birth certificate
credit/ATM card
driver’s license and copy 
emergency contact list
foreign currency ($25 per port)  (getting it there can be a hassle and more expensive) 
immunization records
sas paperwork
student ID
travel student ID
travelers checks (didn't bring/need)
yellow fever proof

For In Port
binoculars  (did use these a bit surprisingly)
camleback (2)
compass (but not really)
gifts for the kiddies  (more info in future post)
homestay gifts  (more info in future post)
Things made in USA to trade (more info in future post)
money belt (or just keep things in your sock...)
mosquito repellent with deet 
purse  (one that is not easily stollen/unzipped)
sleeping bag liner (did not bring/need)
travel toilete paper
travel wet wipes 
waterbottole (2)
a small doll or stuffed animal to take pictures of (especially if you are doing Vicarious Voyage)

Getting there
2 roller duffel suitcases
fold up duffle bag for end of trip
1 smaller cary-on duffle (for flying in port)
large backpack

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