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11. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

For me it wasn't getting away from 'material addictions', just complying with Ryanair cabin restrictions (how dull is that?) but a revelation all the same. Still finding it hard to let go completely - so a work in progress.

edit: arodasi - you done any other lightweight stuff, or planning to before your RTW? I'm still doing shorter trips - Morocco's my furthest so far.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Dec-2009, at 05:14 by fabyomama ]

12. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

I travel light light light thats my motto. I do travel with a Laptop computer as that is actually cheaper. At most hostels I stay at they dont charge extra when you have your own Lap top so I save heaps that way. I also have to plan for both hot and cold weather. This is my packing list after years of long term travel of extended travel.

I pack and this includes what I am wearing.

1 pr Jeans
1 pr black pants
1 pr nice pants

1 t-shirt
1 nice top
1 casual top

1 sweater
1 hoodie

1 dress
1 skirt
1 2 pc swimsuit so that the top functions as a top if needed.
1 Jacket
1 pr gloves
1 hat

2 scarves
2 belts
6 pr underwere
6 pr socks

Then as far as other items

1 lap top computer

2 fave videos that travel in one case
1 lock for a locker
1 small notebook
2 pencil

1 big travel towel
1 sleep sack
1 travel pillow
1 travel blanket

1 sm shampoo/creamrinse that I also use as soap.
1 sm lotion because I get dry.
1 sm toothbrush
1 toothpaste
deoderant

small facial washes
small packets of washing liqued for cleaning clothes
deoderizing spray to keep clothes clean
1 book only for the road to be exchanged for other books

Also a camera that comes with a connecter that connects it to the internet for uploads
extra batteries for camera
Power cord for computer
Phone and power cord for phone

sections of any guidebooks that I use. I favor Rick steves for europe travel
maps
a water bottle
Snacks

at least 4 envelopes and Stamps as needed

And that folks is it,

Adri :)

13. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

I thought this thread was all about travelling light??

So Adri, 3 pair of pants, 6 pair of underwear and socks, a laptop, etc. is not what I would take when I want to travel light ;)...

14. Posted by arodasi (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Quoting fabyomama

For me it wasn't getting away from 'material addictions', just complying with Ryanair cabin restrictions (how dull is that?) but a revelation all the same. Still finding it hard to let go completely - so a work in progress.

edit: arodasi - you done any other lightweight stuff, or planning to before your RTW? I'm still doing shorter trips - Morocco's my furthest so far.

Travelled many more times before, with just everything in the hand-luggage.
It really is such a nice way to travel light, less worries, never waiting for any lost suitcases, just out of the plane on to the custom-services and out. No packing upon roofs of buses, no long searches for any goods, etc. etc.

15. Posted by arodasi (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Quoting arodasi

Quoting fabyomama

For me it wasn't getting away from 'material addictions', just complying with Ryanair cabin restrictions (how dull is that?) but a revelation all the same. Still finding it hard to let go completely - so a work in progress.

edit: arodasi - you done any other lightweight stuff, or planning to before your RTW? I'm still doing shorter trips - Morocco's my furthest so far.

Travelled many more times before, with just everything in the hand-luggage.
It really is such a nice way to travel light, less worries, never waiting for any lost suitcases, just out of the plane on to the custom-services and out. No packing upon roofs of buses, no long searches for any goods, etc. etc.

Agree on that Yvekes, would cut it into half myself, like:

1 pr black pants
1 pr nice pants

1 t-shirt
1 casual top

1 sweater
1 hoodie

1 dress
1 skirt
1 2 pc swimsuit so that the top functions as a top if needed.
1 Jacket
1 pr gloves

2 scarves
1 belt
3 pr underwere
3 pr socks

1 lock for a locker

1 sm shampoo/creamrinse that I also use as soap.
1 sm lotion because I get dry.
1 sm toothbrush
1 toothpaste
deoderant

small packets of washing liqued for cleaning clothes

Also a camera that comes with a connecter that connects it to the internet for uploads

And maybe even then, there could be some more to cut into.

16. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

It's obvious to me that I travel a LOT scruffier than you do.

But that's the challenge - and the fun of it. ;)

17. Posted by lucyloo4 (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

I like the idea of freeing yourself from worldly possessions :)
although only problem might be restricted items like pen-knives, scissors, tweezers etc- which are useful basics...?

18. Posted by arodasi (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Quoting lucyloo4

I like the idea of freeing yourself from worldly possessions :)
although only problem might be restricted items like pen-knives, scissors, tweezers etc- which are useful basics...?

Useful maybe, but also sold in other countries.
Leave them behind as soon as you are boarding another plane etc.
Can't be that much of an expense.

19. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Quoting Yvekes

I thought this thread was all about travelling light??

So Adri, 3 pair of pants, 6 pair of underwear and socks, a laptop, etc. is not what I would take when I want to travel light ;)...

Considering that on an average day im wearing one of those said Pants, one underwere, one bra and a tshirt and usually the hoodie. I think its very much traveling light. I also take a laptop because thats how I make a living when I travel and hello most hostels charge extra to use thier laptops so if I take my own then I dont have to pay heaps more. I also as a woman take 1 skirt and 1 dress because in some countries ive traveled in thats the norm. Ive traveled in middle eastern countries where I put the pants away and just wear a dress with a head scarf on my head. My backpack is only about half way full even when I add in some food that I pack around. I can put everything in thier including the daypack and still travel lite. I also say six pair of underwere because thier light and easy to pack and I can wash them in a sink pretty much anymore and dont need a washer/dryer. My list is light and based on about 10-15 years of solid traveling for very long trips a lot of places. That extra pair of light black pants that dont take up much room is very comfortable for solid long bus, plane or train trips. Jeans are comfortable but sometimes a nice pair of black pants that are comfy work great especially at night. Oh and one more thing I use a Minilap top its about the size of a book and even fits in my day pack so really it dosent take up a ton of room. I need a camera and a mini laptop to keep traveling on the road. Now that laptops are smaller they are easier to take. The rest of my list is very much packing lite. I dont need to look all rough when I travel. Its possible to travel lite and still look great. I also have traveled and do travel for a year at a time through multiple climates from extreme cold to extreme heat and also deal with differnt cultures. As a woman I would never dream of wearing Pants in certain cultures it just isent done. I also need at least one scarf to use as a head scarf or as a belt as well. I think part of the fun of these Travel forums is to learn from each other and not be so quick to critisise someone elses packing list. Maybe someone chooses to pair down the list I wrote however maybe it will help someone and thats the point of this. I can read someone elses list and think hey i dident think of that and then learn from it.

Oh and I also take a travel pillow, travel sleep sheet and travel blanket because Trains, buses, planes can be freezing especially traveling at night. They dont take up much room and really come in handy when its cold and its good to get some sleep a silk sleep sheet hardly takes up any room and is well worth it along with a small travel pillow and travel blanket that can keep one nice and warm so they can sleep a great sleep on said buses, trains, planes, cars etc :)

Adri

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2010, at 16:09 by Adri204 ]

20. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

I've travelled with carry-on only with not much trouble at all actually. For months at a time, my wife and I made our way around with a small backpack and a roll-on suitcase and maybe a handbag or two. That included a laptop, camera and enough underwear for a week. And it still felt light enough not to be a burden. I'm all for cutting down, but once I hit a good level, I'm also happy to not continue culling. I prefer to have enough clean clothes to last about a week - washing happens every day or so, but it sometimes takes a while to dry things. Main tips to keep things under control though

  • Don't take a big towel
  • Don't take a guidebook that covers all of Europe for example - cut the relevant pages out if you need to. Or print them off from TP's guide and add your own notes :) Or download them onto your iPod or whatever. That's a good way that technology can help you save space too.
  • Keep your bathroom bag minimal - seems to really take up a lot of space if it gets out of control
  • Take stuff to do your washing regularly (that's the no.1 most important thing really)

Adri, my packing list would not be much different to yours if I was travelling between climates and was a female. Only thing is I might leave out some of the wintery stuff and just buy them in the country just before going there. I'd rather have a few extra clean t-shirts when I'm in a warm place and a few extra sweaters in a cold climate. Winter clothes just seem to take up a lot more space.

Which also highlights the fact that it is much easier to pack light if you are travelling in summer or to somewhere warm.