What to Pack

So…What do you pack?

A website with the title ‘The Inspired Packer’ needs to have some info on packing, although packing isn’t what this site is about.  Packing is a signal that a new adventure will soon be underway.  Being selective in what I pack enables me to focus on the travel instead of on my belongings.

I pack light.  I have one carry on bag that is carried like a suitcase or backpack and one messenger style camera bag that doubles as my purse/day pack.

My packing list includes

3 pair pants (2 pairs were convertible to capris, no jeans!)

1 skirt

3 button up shirts

4 tank tops

1 sweater

1 large t-shirt and pair of leggings for sleeping at hostels etc.

1 bra

4 pair of underwear (ex-officio are great)

4 pair of smart wool socks

1 pair of shoes

1 pair of flip-flops

1 bathing suit

1 pashmina (great for warmer weather, churches and cold weather)

1 rain coat

I am very selective about the clothes I bring on a trip.  They must be comfortable and wash out in a bathroom sink and dry overnight.  A good place to look for quick drying clothes is sporting goods or adventure stores.  You can also check out travel sites for their suggestions.

Other things I take include:

travel clothesline for drying clothes

zip lock bags, pack a few extra, they don’t weigh much and do come in handy

small clip style dog collar (for a bit of extra security on trains etc)

flex lock

mini-lap top


packing cubes help keep your clothes organized and speed up packing

This list worked for a 6 week trip that started in a colder region and ended in a warmer region.


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