There aren’t many people that enjoy packing – especially enjoy the challenge of packing light and efficiently. I do. I really enjoy planning out exactly what to bring like it’s a game or puzzle to find the perfect amount of clothing where I don’t have too much but I don’t feel like I have too little.
I don’t know why I do this, but I do. I like to visualize what I’m bringing. I have multiple sketches because I go through a lot of options.
The whole point for my packing is that I only bring what I need and nothing else. I hate having a lot of stuff. If my hands aren’t free – I’m annoyed. Therefore I like one backpack and that’s it. So how do I do this? I bring items that can be used in multiple outfits and I can re-use items.
Shirts: 2 t-shirts, 2 tanks, 2 cami/undershirts
Bottoms: 1 pair of shorts, 1 skirt
Bathing suit, pajama shorts (sleep in tank)
3 pairs of shoes (usually this would be too many. I try to stick to two: tennies and sandals.)
hat, belt, sunglasses, purse for during the day
How did it go: I have to admit that this wasn’t my best packing work. I think the humidity was a big reason. The material of my dress was a horrible choice – it was a polyester, synthetic material that sweat showed through instantly. I tried to wear it one of the first days and had to go back and change. I lost one of my entire outfits that I planned to wear at least twice and out to dinner. That left me with only two bottoms that I had to wear for 6 days. Thankfully I was able to wash my shorts in the sink with some shampoo.
If you have never packed for a trip with only one bag – try it. You’ll never go back.
My next packing challenge is our upcoming winter trips to Hong Kong and Japan. We’ll be doing one week in both countries – and I want to once again bring my one backpack at only 32L.