My life in a bag…

Less than 24 hours
How do you pack your whole life into a suitcase?

How do you decide what you’ll want and need for a year in a place youve never been?

And most importantly, how do you decide what shoes to take when you have too many to choose from?

These are just a few of the questions I’ve been asking myself since I deciding to just up and move to Australia.

I’m a horrible packer. I mean bad. When I go on a 2 day trip I pack enough clothes for a week (or two.) So when people started asking me what and how I was going to pack for a year long trip, I started questioning myself. One of the main things I read and heard was to NOT overpack. I took this seriously when thinking about bouncing around in hostels, buses, trains and planes. I’m a strong girl. But I’m not a huge fan of dragging luggage from place to place. And I also didn’t want to be “that” girl. The girl fumbling with a huge suitcase, a backpack and a purse. “That”girl has TOURIST written all over her face, along with the sweat that I’m sure would be pouring down from it as well.

Sooooo I decided this was all I would take ?

Just kidding… Even though I have thought about multiple ways of sneakin her with me! My sister and Jeff weren’t about it.

Buuuuuut I set my mind to only bringing a small rolling suitcase and a backpack.

When I say small suitcase, I mean small. Like its able to fit in the overhead bin on the plane. And look back at that picture of Shelby, a 2 year old, popping out of it.

Hahahahahahahahahaha a year in that? I laughed too.


Drumroll please….

I am pretty proud of myself.

That’s my whole life right there!

Let me break down what I packed. And squeezed into this picture. So you can be impressed too… or really bored (skip ahead if you don’t care)

5 pairs of shoes

  • Flats
  • Flip flops
  • Sandals
  • Sperrys
  • Nike Frees

1 pair of blue jeans and a belt

3 pairs of jean shorts

5 pairs of running shorts/spandex

4 t-shirts

14 tank tops

2 sundresses and one skirt

Weeks worth of sports bras, underwear and socks

2 regular bras

3 swim suites

1 windbreaker

2 pairs of running leggings

A toiletry bag

Small amount of jewelry And makeup

Wowawewa! Impressive right?

Side note: It is summer there right now, like hot and humid and 85 degrees. So yes, you can totally be jealous!

So with that being said I am officially packed and ready to go.

All that’s left are some really hard goodbyes…

“You get a strange feeling when you leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love , but you miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.”

And so the adventure begins. See you soon Australia I can’t wait to meet you!

Choose love,


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  • Marcia
    Posted at 20:28h, 30 December Reply

    Safe travels!! Can\’t wait to hear about all your adventures when you get there

  • Kathy Oxford-Ponce
    Posted at 21:31h, 30 December Reply

    I am so excited for you and have such great admiration! It\’s going to be the time of your life. You know you are so loved by so many, make sure you carry all of that lovewith you as well! Godspeed Kelsey!

    Love you,

  • Shelisa
    Posted at 22:26h, 30 December Reply

    You are going to have an adventure of a life time. Stay safe and enjoy every minute and watch your back. You are loved for who you are always.

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