As promised a while back here is the post about how I pack for travelling ~ the uncluttered way of course. I have a couple of golden rules that are the basis to how I pack.
Rule 1 ~ If you don’t need it don’t bring it.
Rule 2 ~ If you don’t need it don’t bring it.
Rule 3 ~ If you can’t stick to rule 1 & 2 then limit the unnecessary items to only those you “can’t live without”.
With those rules in mind I have made a list below of what I would typically pack keeping in mind that we usually prefer to travel in Spring or Fall. This list is also typical whether we are away for one week or two months or more.
In addition to the clothes I am wearing when I leave which for me is ~ Long lightweight comfortable pants, a T-shirt (long or short sleeve depending on the weather at destination), my lightweight travel jacket, bra, panties, a pair of socks and comfortable walking shoes ~ this is typical of what I bring…
- Enough clothes for five days ~ I mix this up a bit with one dress, a skirt, 2 pair of pants, a cardigan or light sweater (depending on weather expected) 5 tops of various types.
- Enough underwear for a week ~ For me that is 1 extra bra, 8 pair of panties,
- Footwear ~ 2 pair of socks (only 1 if warmer climate) and maybe a pair of sandals.
We scout each location or make sure we know ahead of time where we will have access to laundering so we can wash every five days.
Pack clothes that mix and match and can be layered to suit the weather. This way your are never left out in the cold and no matter how few clean clothes you have left they will match and you will stay looking sharp.
- Deodorant ~ Stick or roll-on (my hubby and I will share a unisex fragrance)
- Toothbrush, floss and a small tube of toothpaste (once again sharing the floss and toothpaste)
- Minimal make-up ~ Powder foundation, a small tube moisturiser, brow pencil, mascara, lipstick.
- Shampoo (maybe) depending on where we are going. Shampoo is usually easily enough acquired on arrival and left behind on departure and sometimes it is supplied so we often don’t bother to bring our own.
- Sunscreen *~ travel size.
- Nail clippers
- Any prescribed medications ~ enough for the entire trip (for us this doesn’t amount to much). I sometimes carry a script for antibiotics due to a recurring issue but there is no guarantee that foreign countries will fill these.
- Pain killers *~ Just what I would normally carry in my handbag. More is easily acquired if necessary in the places we usually travel to.
- Cell phone and charger *~ we acquire a sim card at destination.
- Coin purse *~ for cash and debit/credit card* and drivers licence.*
- A written list of emergency phone numbers ~ just in case cell phone dies or is stollen.
- 1 microfibre cloth* in a small Snaplock bag for easy clean up.
- 2 medium vacuum seal bags for dirty laundry.
- A small puzzle book and a pen~ for entertainment on flights and during down time.
- Day bag ~ We have a lightweight Rick Steves Shoulder Bag which we carry while sightseeing most days that contains the items with an * mentioned above.
- A tiny sewing kit ~ You would be surprised that we have made use of this on nearly every trip.
My husband carries a similar amount for clothing plus the following
- Camera gear ~ Camera, lenses, battery charger and spare memory card and batteries.
- iPad and charger
- iPod with all our travel details
That is pretty much the total of what we take on vacation. On our last trip to the USA for three weeks my Rick Steves Backpack weighed a mere 5.5kg or 12lb. My day bag with everything in for the flight weighed 680g or 1.5 lb. As you can appreciate this takes very little effort to lug around. We have no problems fitting the backpacks into the overhead lockers in the plane. Therefore we never check our baggage, so no waiting at baggage carousels at the other end, we just walk off the plane and head straight to our accommodation.
So there you have it. No wheeling heavy suitcases along ancient cobble stoned streets. No struggling up the aisles of crowded trains. No problems if our accommodation is up three flights of stairs. No chance that we have left something in our checked baggage that we needed on the plane. No lost baggage.
Today’s Mini Mission
Take a load of items you have decluttered to the thrift store. I do this once a week when I go to my thrift store to do my volunteer shift. I haven’t been able to drive there for the last four weeks so there was a bit of a backlog.
Today’s Declutter Item
This is one of the things I took to the thrift store last week for decluttering. Over time it had been emptied of its contents and is no longer needed. My plan is to have nothing under beds eventually so I have sent this on its way tout suite so the temptation to use it again is futile.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
A wonderful lunch celebrating a friends birthday. She was so grateful just to have friends who would want to celebrate with her. It brought home to me once again what the important things are in life.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast