Saturday, 4 November 2017

Natalie Lamb and Packing for My First International Conference

I have my first international conference in just two weeks time, the Water Quality Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA and have the monumental task of packing for it. I am also spending a week of annual leave in San Francisco, because I'll be travelling in that part of the world, I thought I might as well enjoy it with a bit of travelling of my own! This is my attempt at a packing list for the international conference.


  • Earplugs- for sleeping on the plane and in my hostel
  • Nice Travel Pillow- for the plane and if the hostel pillows are uncomfortable
  • Glasses Case- to store my glasses on the plane when I'm trying to sleep
  • Documents- passport, photocopy of passport, cash card, tickets, flight info, insurance documents, visa
  • Correct Power Adapter
  • Travel Sim Card
  • Padlock for the hostel locker
  • Pen
  • Foreign Currency


  • iPad
  • iPad Charger
  • Railcard
  • Clothes- coat, jumper, casual tshirts, tights, underwear, PJs
  • Books/DS 
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Keys
  • Battery Pack
  • Tickets
  • Wallet


  • Sleeping Tablets- to try and sleep on the plane (I have never tried them before so wish me luck!)
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • Razer
  • Deoderant
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairbands
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Travel Tissues
  • First Aid Kit- plasters, paracetamol, Bonjela etc
  • Hand Sanitiser


  • Academic posters
  • Work Phone
  • Work Phone Charger
  • VPN Keyfob
  • Pencil Case
  • Notebook
  • Business Cards
  • Laptop
  • Laptop Charger


  • Work Clothes- dresses, shorts, jacket
  • Work Shoes
  • Small Going Out Bag

I normally do one 5k run a week and want to keep this up while I go away. Also, the hotel I am in for my conference has a gym so I want to have a go in there too.

  • Running Belt- for storing my phone and room key 
  • Running Clothes (T-Shirt, Leggings, Socks, Underwear)
  • Running Shoes
  • Fitbit Charger
  • Water Bottle
  • Headphones
  • Plastic Bag
  • Goggles
  • Swimsuit

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