So…What do you 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
  • camera
  • 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.

Picture of suitcase and packing cubes used.

2 thoughts on “So…What do you pack?

  1. Great list. I already decided I was going to buy those packing cubes for our upcoming backpacking trip. What kind of shoes do you bring?

    • The packing cubes are great. They make it really easy to re-pack your bag when you are ready to leave. I just leave everything in the cubes. Shoes…well, I bought a pair of Keen shoes for both of us and we each had a pair of flip flops, but with all the walking around we did I ended up buying two more pairs on the trip. I purchased a pair of really ugly Finn Comfort clog type shoes in Germany, which were really comfortable and a small pair of sneakers in Amsterdam. My husband was not impressed with all the extra shoes to carry. I haven’t found one shoe that could do everything, yet.

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