The website bemorewithless.com contains great travel tips. I particularly like “The Minimalists” 20/20 rule. Their rule is don’t take something along “just in case”. The authors have found that in five years of minimalist travel only a few times have they needed something that they could not find and purchase in less than 20 minutes for less than $20. Sounds right to me!
My packing list for the upcoming five week trip:
Checked bag: 4 sets of underware/socks, 1 pair jeans, 1 pair black pants, 4 thin LS knit shirts, 2 blouses, 1 sweater, 1 goretex jacket, 1 pair of shoes, rain hat, umbrella, gloves, scarves, warm hat, minimalist food prep kit, 6 Leafside meal packs , 4 packs oatmeal, unscented laundry soap, Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap, Baggalini day bag.
Backpack: In compression sack: 1 set of underware/socks, LS knit shirt, yoga pants, Polyester washcloths (as Europe doesn’t use them) No jet lag supplements, eyeshades, earplugs, vitamins, bandaids, toiletries, TRTL neck pillow, headphones, IPad, IPhone, charging kit, excerpts from travel books, Cruise ticket, 2 Leafside meal packs/prep bowl/spork
Wearing: LS knit shirt, black pants, underwear/socks, waterproof walking shoes, warm jacket with storage pockets, money belt (Euros and coins), passport, scarf. Minimal jewelry.
Toward the end of the trip I intend to donate the jeans, and probably couple of the shirts. Thrift stores (charity shops) are available for donations. My must haves are staying warm and dry, plus clean underwear and socks.
In order to minimize stress, I never travel with anything I would hate to lose (special garments, jewelry, shoes).
I’m ready to travel!