I am a master at packing light. Part of this is likely because I don’t have any qualms wearing the same clothes on repeat as long as they smell good and feel clean.
For two weeks we only had those backpacks. They carried all of our clothes, toiletries, shoes, tech, etc. It was amazing. We could take the train to a new city and instantly walk around. Or we could take the train to a new city and lock our backpacks in a locker, and be free to walk around. We went to four cities, rode many trains and subways, and took a three-day hike.
These are the clothes I packed:
- three pairs of merino-based underwear (moving forward, I would bring closer to 4-5 pairs. They take up virtually no room and it’s nice to have some flexibility).
- two pairs of merino-based bras.
- a pair of black hiking pants with zip-up pockets. I wore these almost every day.
- two pairs of black, hiking shorts. One were super comfortable and could also be work to sleep. The other were more rugged and a bit longer, so good for a day of city activities.
- two pairs of socks.
- two pairs of shoes — a pair of tevas and a pair of low-key hiking sneaks. Both were very light.
- a light merino sweater.
- a pair of leggings that I could wear as pants or as pajamas.
- two merino-based tanktops.
- a very light, packable, rain coat.
I also brought:
- an e-reader (which has since broken, so on more recent trips, I have just brought a thin book instead)
- earbud headphones
- my cellphone
- my wallet
- a pocket wifi and charger (necessary only in Japan, I would think)
- a small red notebook
- a pen
And, I was able to benefit from a nalgene and small toiletry bag (just the essentials) that were in my partner’s slightly larger bag.
It sounds insane but not having any options — I basically wore what was cleanest every day — helped us focus on the experience and not on the stuff.