Like most of us here, my travel has been quite reduced since March. For my own entertainment, I joined in a packing challenge/class over the last few weeks. It was run on a website called “Her Packing List”. She has many packing lists, that vary from minimalistic to traveling carryon only (but with larger bags). The class was inspired by a post she made about a 3 week trip in the US (she lives in Australia) using a 16 liter bag.
It was a series of 5 “classes” (YiuTube Live). Each week there was an assignment. I found it quite interesting, and it was entertainment for me over these last 5 weeks.
For those who may want to know, yes there was a fee involved (maybe it was $20?). I know some people will say they would never pay for information they can get for free, and I respect that. But I found it fun, and it really opened up my eyes to how I overpack accessories. I think when I’m really packing for a trip I get caught up in it, while this was just really practice (It was easier to pare down my list for a make-believe trip) $20 was a bargain for the engagement I had over the sessions.
We were challenged to basically pack in a handbag type bag. I used my Rick Steves backpack. It’s the super light one that is like a day pack and about 12 liters for the main part. I don’t usually use small pack packs (I prefer totes), but this bag has great sentimental value to me....it was my dads day bag for all of his European trips. I am guessing it’s 30+ years old?
Anyway, I don’t think I’m interested in traveling with a 12 liter bag. But it really helped open my eyes to packing lighter! I think the other thing I Ike about her posts is she understands that there is really a difference between carryon packing and minimalistic packing.
For those who are interested, i am linking some other minimalistic packing posts I discovered as I took the class.
I’d be interested in hearing what others thinking about carryon vs minimalistic packing. Would you try minimalistic? Or is carryon your comfort level?