What We’re Bringing to Taipei

T-shirts hung over the printer. Towels draped over the armchair. Camera lenses stacked on the window sills. For the past two months, our homely little guest bedroom in Sunnyside has been quite the space to navigate.

I can only imagine my hyper-hygienic mother secretly counting down the days until her eldest child leaves the nest (for the 4th time) and her guest room can revert to its cleanly state of origin. And honestly, Caryn and I are relatively clean folk! But Ms. Lisa-Ompie-MiMa-Glamma is on some type of next level sanitation.

With our belongings skillfully scattered amongst the room, we’re now in full packing mode. To give you a little background on how we got to our current packing situation, it took me and Caryn weeks of debate to boil it down to two options:

  • A) rent a storage unit and keep our large items here in Denver
  • B) sell/give away everything and move with two suitcases and a backpack

We chose option B…

….AND WE’RE SO GLAD WE DID! The main reasons why we chose this option were our combined interest in minimalism and our uncertainty of what our future holds after Taipei.

Now that we made this choice, we learned that United Airlines allows each international traveler two (2) checked bags up to 50 lb. each + one (1) carry-on item + one (1) personal item. Our goal was to fit OUR ENTIRE LIVES into United Airlines generous set of storage guidelines. [We’re on the plane now, so I guess that means we met them!]

Right after getting dropped off at Denver International Airport! Our life belongings in four suitcases and two backpacks.

With this limited amount of space, for reference, I’ve listed out all of the items I am bringing to Taipei below. We used four of these lightweight IT luggage suitcases that come highly recommended at only 5.4 lbs each! If you’re interested in what Caryn packed, let us know in the comments and we’ll update with her list. *Update: Due to high demand, this has been updated with Caryn’s list of what she backed below.



  • 14 t-shirts
  • 20 other shirts
  • 6 athletic shorts
  • 5 other shorts (including 1 pair of cargos #HELLYES)
  • 7 pants
  • 14 underwears
  • 1 set of long underwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 2 hats
  • 3 jackets (including 1 rain jacket)
  • 2 belts
  • 16 pairs of socks
  • 6 pairs of shoes


  • 1 MacBook Pro
  • 2 external hard drives
  • 1 Canon M6 camera with lens
  • 1 condenser microphone
  • 1 lavalier microphone
  • 1 Zoom audio recorder
  • 1 travel tripod


  • 2 microfiber towels
  • 1 first aid kit
  • 2 bottles sunscreen
  • 2 bottles insect repellent
  • 1 day pack with water container
  • 1 Nalgene water bottle
  • 1 travel plug adapter
  • 1 Amazon Kindle
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 headlamp
  • 1 money wallet
  • 1 pair sunglasses
  • 3 toothbrushes
  • 4 toothpastes
  • 3 deodorants
  • 4 bars soap
  • 1 bottle shampoo



  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 6 pairs of lounge pants (hey, I work from home a lot!)
  • 3 pairs of lounge shorts
  • 2 pairs of summer shorts
  • 8 tank tops
  • 6 t-shirts
  • 12 summer/ dressier tops
  • 7 summer dresses
  • 6 workout shirts
  • 5 workout shorts
  • 1 long sleeve workout top
  • 3 running jackets
  • 3 long workout pants
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 6 long sleeve cozy tops
  • 1 winter/ fall dress pant
  • 3 winter/ fall skirts
  • 25 winter/ fall tops or sweaters
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 5 dressy scarves
  • 1 jean jacket
  • 1 winter vest
  • enough unmentionables for two years
  • 10 pairs of shoes
  • 1 pair of hiking boots


  • 1 Canon EOS M6
  • 3 lenses
  • 1 Camera mic, a few lens cleaners, 1 battery charger, a few SD Cards
  • 1 Macbook
  • 2 external hard drives
  • 3 pairs of headphones
  • 1 Immersion Blender

Other Schtuff

  • 1 Gorillapod
  • 1 Wilderness Exchange branded Nalgene water bottle
  • 1 day pack
  • 1 head lamp
  • 1 Kindle
  • 5 books (Mandarin books and novels)
  • 2 National Geographic magazines
  • some necklaces
  • some soap
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • some face cleanser/ lotions (limited)
  • 1 winter hat and pair of gloves
  • 2 baseball hats
  • 1 sunscreen

We’ll keep you posted on how this all works out throughout our journey.



4 thoughts on “What We’re Bringing to Taipei

  1. This is great! I can’t wait to continue reading about your journey! Love to you both. And, yes, I wanna know what Caryn got into those suitcases!


  2. Long underwear and 6 pairs of shoes? LOL 🙂 I’m enjoying following your adventure! I am Caryn’s stepmom’s cousin.

    Beth Snyder


  3. I am so glad I’ve made a good impression on both of you with my cleaning!
    There is nothing wrong with seeing your reflection in the quartz counter tops!
    Being able to eat off the pantry floor and find the jar of child garlic sauce in the cabinets!
    Miss you already! Mama D


  4. I have enjoyed following along on your journey!! I’m all for photographing your things all folded up neatly and color arranged. I’m curious if you’ll find yourself minimizing even more when you’re settling in or adding more from the culture and way of life. Happy Trails!


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