I pack light. Really light. For a one-month trip, these days I bring a small rollerbag or carry a 40L backpack and maybe a small purse, depending on airline allowances. I strive to always bring carry-on luggage only, which speeds check in and arrival, and virtually guarantees my luggage never gets lost.
I haven’t checked a bag in years.
I’ve had my luggage lost by an airline. Have you? If so, you know how it can bring your travels to a screeching halt.
People are typically astounded by how light I pack. Some hosts have commented that I’m the first traveler they’ve met who packs sensibly. My goal is to have several outfits with interchangeable items, enough to get through a week. After that, I do laundry–either doing the wash myself, or paying to have it done. I have a lot of black in my travel wardrobe for many reasons, because the pieces are interchangeable, and they hide travel grime when I inevitably slop on my clothes.
A typical trip for me, whether a week or a month, typically includes a selection of:
- 2-4 lightweight dresses, often t-shirt material
- some biker shorts to wear underneath dresses for those long days of wandering
- two pairs of shoes (one to wear on the plane, one water-ready pair)
- 1-2 pairs of leggings
- a couple of shirts, lightweight, that can be layered if needed
- 1 lightweight wrap
- 1 thin jacket
- 1 plastic poncho
- underthingies – I never skimp on them as they are so small and reusing is disgusting
- socks when hiking or in cooler climes
- a couple of pairs of earrings and my silver globe chime necklace
- Virtual office technology: my phone, laptop, earbuds, and chargers
- my in-flight comfort pack, which includes an inflatable neck pillow (amazing space saver!), iPod, eye mask, lavender oil, and lip balm. Oh, and a book or magazine.
I was recently asked to contribute to an article about how digital nomads pack, which was posted on the MightyGoods website. It was great fun to be featured, and even more fun to read about how other digital nomads pack their bags. Who knows? There may even be some useful tidbits for your next journey.
What are your tips for packing for long or short-term travel?
Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to her clients.
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