Whiles living in Costa Rica, it’s more than likely that you will take at least one trip out of the city on a particular weekend whether this trip be by choice, included in your program, or a field trip in one of your classes. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to have an efficient packing method to help you pack efficiently and lightly.
The first thing to consider is how long your trip will be. Most weekend trips at Veritas usually begin with groups traveling out on Friday and returning on Sunday. If this is the case with your trips, I would consider taking a bag no bigger than the size of a duffel or roller carryon bag, but no smaller than an average sized backpack. This being the case because a lot of trips include more than just the average change of clothes, and you and whoever you are with might do some sort of nature activity, whether it be snorkeling, swimming, or hiking.
Furthermore, consider where it is you’re going. As mentioned before, if you and your group are most likely going to be doing some sort of activity that will require you to have a bathing suit, or special clothes and shoes, make a list of all the items you have been suggested to bring, and make sure you have enough for the duration of the trip.
The next step is to figure out how you´re going to pack up everything depending on the bag you have. I would suggest putting any products and undergarments in a different part of your bag, and make sure to keep products separated from any type of clothes, just in case something spills. To protect from any spilling, place products in a plastic bag. As far as clothing and bathing suits, roll up everything and store it on top of each other in one portion of the bag. This method will leave you with extra room to store other things without complications.
Furthermore, I would pack no more than two extra changes of shoes, with one of them being a pair of flip flops. Put both pairs of shoes in plastic bags as well to prevent them from staining your clothes. After your clothes, shoes, products, and undergarments are securely packed, evaluate how much extra space you may have in your bag, and try to save this space as much as possible for any last minute items you might choose to bring with you.
With all of the tips above, you should be able to maximize space in your bag and be prepared for your weekend adventure!