items ready to be packed

Joan Didion’s Packing List

joan didion 60s stingray

Occupation: Writer

2 skirts
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
nightgown, robe, slippers
bag with: shampoo
toothbrush and paste
Basis soap, razor
face cream
baby oil

mohair throw
2 legal pads and pens
house key

“This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes.” — Joan Didion, “The White Album”


Patti Smith’s Packing List

portrait of Patti Smith

“Touring Banga

Day 1. Packing

The band is packing for our tour that officially begins on June 23rd at The Bergen Festival in Norway. I am sitting on the floor, going over all I have packed, and rechecking my list.

I always travel light. Besides my dungarees and my trusty Ann Demeulemeester black jackets, everything can be washed in a sink in a hotel room and laid out on a windowsill to dry. For instance 7 tee shirts (including 4 electric lady teeshirts) and 7 pairs of bee socks.

The worse part, besides saying goodbye to my daughter Jesse, is picking out what books to take. I decide this will be essentially a Haruki Murakami tour. So I will take several of his books including the three volume IQ84 to reread. He is a good writer to reread as he sets your mind to daydreaming while you are reading him. thus i always miss stuff.

I inventory Moleskin notebooks. seven small tubes of Weleda salt toothpaste. witch hazel wipes. Loquat leaf tea bags for cough. essentials like that. I guess I am ready.

Well this is the first entry of the Banga tour diary. I plan to keep sending entries on the road, from our tour bus, complete with pathetic cell phone pictures. I am starting right now, taking shots of my packing mess. Maybe more than you bargained for.

Now I gotta go look for my passport.” – Patti Smith

Hannah Parson’s gear to backpack around Wanaka, New Zealand

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