In the novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, the central character, Henry, calms himself by reciting the periodical table in his mind. When I’m stressed, I mentally plan a packing checklist :) Nothing as far-fetched and romantic as thinking I’m going to take off for some foreign destination (usually), but just imagining how lightly I could pack for a trip and still have everything I needed.
Inspired by Miss Minimalist, I recently bought a shoulder-bag which I thought would be perfect for a trip of one to three days. But to pack it and still feel like I have everything I need would be challenging.
So, here’s my scenario. I would travel on the train to visit my sister. I would probably stay two nights, so there’d be half-days travelling there and back, and a day with my sister in between. Who knows what we’d get up to, but I’d want to pack for a range of options. Let’s say it was Spring, when the weather was changeable.
Clothes to wear:
- Cargo pants
- Cardigan (a part-wool one which is warm and light)
- Black walking shoes
In the outside pocket of the bag:
- Mobile phone
- Hand gel
Clothes inside bag (in a small module):
- Spare underwear and sock set x 2
- Dressy top
- Maxi skirt
- Travel dress to wear to bed (could double as an extra outfit if needed)
- Foundation powder
- Foundation brush
- Lipstick (to also use as an eyeshadow and blush)
- Round brush
- Toothbrush (could borrow toothpaste)
- Basic medicine
- iPod in pocket
- A book (if I had a Kindle, I’d take this)
- Water bottle
- Muesli bar
- Mesh bag (for rubbish, clothes, or purchases)
I’d shower and wash my hair before I left so I didn’t have to pack shampoo and conditioner (I could borrow it anyway). I’d also charge my mobile. I've chosen to pack an extra set of clothes because I really don't want to wash what I'm wearing each evening.
One day I’ll try this out and report back! I guess this is also a good list to have in case I need to go somewhere in a hurry.
Can you travel for a few days with only a shoulder-bag? If so, how realistic is my list or do you think I can refine it further?