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Jaclyn McCosker

Blogger, social entrepreneur & freelance copywriter

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Tropical North Queensland Road Trip Packing List (For vegans)

Tropical North Queensland Road Trip Packing List (For vegans)

Two months after our first ever road trip together, Tim and I are back on the road for another quick trip along the coast. We left this morning. You can read about our last trip under the Travel section of this blog or at VeganTravel. Last time we went south, so this time we're headed north to travel about 1000km to Far North Queensland and the Daintree rainforest. No van this trip, just a single cab ute and a tent!

In Australia, early September is the beginning of Spring. In Cairns, the temperature only usually ranges between 18-28 degrees Celsius at this time so it is warm. Beautifully, beautifully warm. After writing a road trip packing list for near freezing temperatures in the south of Australia in winter, this packing list calls for entirely different clothes! Below is the packing list for a woman spending 10 active days on the road.

MIssing from my bag: My laptop and camera that I'm making this blog post with.

MIssing from my bag: My laptop and camera that I'm making this blog post with.

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The Bag

  • 40L Hardcase suitcase
  • 4 Packing cubes
  • 1 Shopping bag to go at my feet in the car

Shoes

  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Low vegan leather heels

Bottoms

  • Denim overalls
  • One jumpsuit or dress for eveningwear
  • Denim skirt
  • Denim shorts
  • Bhumi yogapants
  • 2x PJ pants (short and long)
  • Beach dress

Tops

  • 2x White t-shirts
  • Black t-shirt
  • Black singlet
  • 1x Long-sleeve top
  • Denim jacket

Underwear

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Vegan leather handbag
  • Scarf or sarong

Face Care

  • Foundation, concealer, mascara, lip balm
  • Dr Bronner's soap bar
    • We share this for both body and face wash
  • Kora Organics calming lavender mist
  • HempMe face cream
  • Red Seal toothpaste
  • Bamboo toothbrush

Body and Hair Care

  • Apple cider vinegar
    • I use 1 part ACV to 1 part filtered water as a hair rinse
  • Coconut oil
    • I use this as a body moisturiser and on the ends of my hair if I have too much frizz or volume
  • Bamboo comb
  • Schmidt's deodorant
  • Safety razor
My entire, natural hair care kit. Just two ingredients!

My entire, natural hair care kit. Just two ingredients!

First Aid/Health

  • Bandaids
  • Bug roll-on
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Painkillers
  • Magnesium supplements

Gadgets

  • Canon G7X Mark ii 
  • GorillaPod
  • iPhone 6S
  • MacBook Air
  • Earphones

Zero Waste Supplies

  • Insulated water bottle
  • KeepCup
  • Togoware cutlery kit
  • Reusable straw
  • Shopping bags
  • Resuable produce bags
  • Metal food tins for takeaway and packed lunches

Misc. Extras

  • One book (preferably fiction, you're on vacation!)
  • A tablecloth or throw for picnics

And that's it! Those are all the personal items I'm taking with me. Four tops, a pair of bottoms for every occasion, one nice outfit for a fancy dinner we're going to, and the bare minimum beauty and hygiene products. I like to pack light and ensure I don't compromise any practicality for whimsy, so a 40L suitcase is the perfect way to ensure I think carefully about what I take and that I don't carry any dead weight with items I won't use.

Today is only day one of the adventure, so I'll be updating Instagram daily and the blog with so much more detail about exploring FNQ as a minimalist vegan at the end of the trip.

My handbag contains my water bottle, KeepCup, reusable cutlery kit, sunglasses (in a nondescript case to draw attention away from my designer glasses), face mist spray, pawpaw ointment and hand sanitiser.

My handbag contains my water bottle, KeepCup, reusable cutlery kit, sunglasses (in a nondescript case to draw attention away from my designer glasses), face mist spray, pawpaw ointment and hand sanitiser.

Two things I'm not packing in my bag to avoid leaks. Apple cider vinegar and coconut oil for my hair.

Two things I'm not packing in my bag to avoid leaks. Apple cider vinegar and coconut oil for my hair.

Conscious Road Tripping: Making vegan and sustainable choices on the road

Conscious Road Tripping: Making vegan and sustainable choices on the road