It began with the lodge: A dreamy Instagram put up despatched by a good friend showcasing a stunning cliffside property alongside Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, accessible solely by boat and amazingly well-priced for the spectacular views and personal, casita-like rooms we may keep in. After I later discovered myself packing for a visit to go to stated lodge, I additionally wanted to consider a day in Antigua, the in a single day hike my pals and I signed up for in the course of the first leg of the journey, and the assorted modes of transportation we’d be taking all through the week, baggage in hand. Learn on to see what was on my packing listing for Guatemala, from my favourite backpack duffel to a headlamp and cozy linen pants.
Baboon to the Moon Duffle
A rolling suitcase felt impractical for this journey, so I made a decision on a Baboon to the Moon duffel that I’ve normally used for two- to three-day journeys. 5 full days was stretching the boundaries of what it may deal with, however I used to be heading to heat climate, so my clothes was all fairly light-weight. The backpack straps made it simpler to get round, and the facet pocket got here in useful for final minute add-ons like a hat.
As a lot as I attempted to go mild, I discovered myself needing a bit additional room for my Dopp kit and equipment; plus, I prefer to have a private merchandise with me on flights so I don’t should maintain getting as much as entry issues within the overhead compartment. Paravel’s Weekender bag is a superb measurement for this job: It suits rather a lot, however can simply slide beneath the seat in entrance of you. And it has high handles and a crossbody strap, which allowed me to configure my baggage in just a few alternative ways.
BioLite Headlamp 325
This headlamp was an absolute important, as day two of our hike started earlier than the solar rose. It’s tremendous light-weight, has 4 mild modes (white, pink, flashing white, and flashing pink), and lasts for as much as 40 hours on a single cost (when on low, or three hours when on excessive), which far exceeded what I wanted it for. The stretchy, adjustable headband was comfy, too, and stayed safe, even when layered with my beanie.
Tentree InMotion excessive rise legging
I packed these leggings to put on on the volcano hike. It was heat out within the day, however I wished full protection on my legs to forestall bug bites, and these did the job. The hidden pockets are a pleasant characteristic, too; I put tissues and lip balm in mine.
I didn’t pack a lot make-up on this journey, so I used to be glad to have the two-in-one product that’s Supergoop’s Glowscreen. It provides a pleasant tint and glow to your pores and skin whereas offering SPF 40 protection, and the .5-fluid-ounce mini measurement is ideal for saving area on quick journeys.
Teva Common Path Sandals
I deliver these Tevas on just about each heat climate trip. They’re my most comfortable pair of sandals, and are impartial sufficient to pair with just about any outfit. The Teva tan they produce is actual, however it’s value it to keep away from the blisters or sore toes that include numerous different sandals.
Journey Relaxation Final Journey Pillow
Influenced by TikTok, I ordered this journey pillow shortly earlier than my journey. I used to be skeptical, particularly of the claims that it solely took just a few breaths to explode, however am joyful to report it actually does take all of 15 seconds to explode, with little or no power exerted. As a loyal window seat flier, I’m used to leaning towards the wall after I attempt to sleep; this pillow means I can crane much less, and actually I’ve since used it to sleep in an aisle seat with simply as a lot success.
Iris Linen Straightforward Pull-On pants
The temperatures had been within the 70s and 80s, so light-weight clothes was key; denims weren’t on the listing. These linen pants from Common Commonplace are a great vacation pant—stretchy, flowy, and simply rewearable. I put them on with this Madewell tank top and over my bathing swimsuit.
Everlane The Sq.-Neck One-Piece
It wouldn’t be a lake journey with out a bathing suit or two. I wore this Everlane one piece whereas paddleboarding within the lake; it’s comfy, stays in place with out the fixed want to regulate, and has held up properly after coming with me on a number of journeys—there’s been no pilling or fading of the daring pink shade but.
The place I stayed:
La Casa del Mundo was actually the spotlight of the journey—we opted for a set, which had three beds and a captivating little patio the place we’d sit and browse within the mornings and sip cocktails within the afternoons. The property is just accessible by boat, so we hopped on a ferry in Panajachel, the primary hub guests enter by way of to get to the numerous small cities across the lake, and zipped over in about 20 minutes.
If stairs aren’t within the playing cards, this property is just not for you—it is constructed right into a cliffside (Lake Atitlán is in an enormous volcanic crater, in spite of everything), and has a maze of winding stairs main as much as the casita-style rooms, entrance workplace and restaurant, and quite a few out of doors seating areas, every with their very own mixture of hammocks, garden chairs, and chaise lounge chairs. On the lodge, we rented kayaks and paddleboards to take onto the lake, and will leap (or stroll) in from numerous factors across the base of the property. Stairs apart, it offered the final word leisure we would have liked after the difficult hike up the Acatenango Volcano. Whereas I am joyful we left in the course of the afternoons to go to extra of the lakeside cities, I may have simply spent just a few days doing an entire lot of nothing proper there at La Casa del Mundo.