I know packing posts are popular on here, and I spent a LOT of time reading all of the amazing advice and discussions about bags, shoes, and jackets. That said, I’m probably going to lose my ‘light packer’ sticker for this trip.
Eddie Bauer Expedition 22 Duffel 2.0 in Thyme
Large Travel Backpack for Women (Amazon)
Travelon cross-body purse
Although I could have taken my duffel on the plane, I chose to check it since my husband was checking his luggage anyway - he had a similar rolling duffel but larger.
4 short-sleeved tech t-shirts (Eddie Bauer)
2 long-sleeved tech t-shirts (Eddie Bauer)
2 cotton t-shirts (white/black) (Amazon basics)
1 ¾ sleeve black tech blouse (JJill)
4 prs tech hiking leggings (Eddie Bauer, Lulu)
1 pr jeans (Old Navy)
1 silk scarf
1 cotton scarf (Eddie Bauer)
6 prs underwear (ex officio/duluth trading)
4 prs socks (Old Navy)
3 bras (2 sport, 1 regular)
Tech jacket (Kohl’s)
Fleece headband/ear cover, thin gloves
Small Coach cross-body bag
Silicon ring (I switch out my engagement/wedding ring for a silicon ring on travel. Not for safety - my rings aren’t flashy! Just because my hands will swell and we are usually being pretty active).
My color palette was mostly black and shades of blue, so I was able to mix and match easily
I could have reduced the long-sleeved tech shirts to 1 with no problem, even though I reviewed the weather before we left and thought I would need 2
I could have used another pair of socks
I could have skipped the cotton scarf
Definitely did not need the fleece headband or gloves!
I wore everything multiple times, and was always comfortable temperature-wise. My underwear washed out in the sink and dried like a dream, but my socks took a while. The raincoat was wonderful for rainy days and an extra layer when it was chilly or windy. I wore the tech jacket every day, often as a sweater or indoors as well. I worked for a week in the middle of the trip, so the two extra 2-shirts, scarf, and sweater were for that week to look a little bit more put-together. On a vacation-only trip I would leave the scarf and at least one of the extra t-shirts at home.
Brooks running shoes
I wore all of the shoes multiple times. I took the Skechers for the week I worked, but I also wore them in the evenings and it was nice to switch out my footwear to give my feet a break. The flip-flops were great for the hotel room and much cushier than just wearing socks.
5 books, 2 hardcover (I left these at hotel desks as I finished them. I know there have been discussions about leaving things at hotels, but this felt different than old or worn out clothes. Tell me if I’m wrong.)
16 inch Macbook, with charger and air pods (for work)
Converter w/USB plugs
Phone charger (pink with a clip to hold it together - recommend getting one that is not white or black so it stands out in hotel rooms!)
Torn-out chapters from guidebooks (also thrown out as I finished them)
Hard copies of reservations, etc (thrown out as we used them)
2 earphones for the plane
I loved all of the books, and it was easy to make room in my bag as I finished them (I finished them all and ‘had’ to buy 2 more!). The computer was the heaviest item and the most annoying, but I had no choice.