Like the rest of you I have had to cancel several trips to Europe over the last year. This week I had to travel fo Hilton Head Island for a professional meeting and it felt good to get my bag out and pack it for the trip. I started thinking about what are the most essential items I had to have to make the journey. Here’s my list, I would like to hear about yours:
1) Bag - I use a backpack because it just works for me having my hands free, my wife likes a roller carry-on and it works just as good for her except it is a little heavier than my bag and she loses some packing space due to the roller hardware. Your bag is essential because it has to be a specific size & weight to carry on and it has to be durable to last (serious travel is hard on a bag).
2) Rain Shell - My rain shell is water proof and goes with me on every trip, put a good fleece under it and you can withstand pretty much anything the weather throws at you ( except a blizzard).
3) Shoes - I am a convert to Merrell Moabs because they are super comfortable and I can wear them with shorts or slacks, either on the trail or to a restaurant. I will take a light weight pair of sandals with me if I’m going to the Mediterranean area.
What are your 3 essentials for packing light?