“Pack 1/2 the clothes, twice the money,” Lee Abbamonte once said (see What to Pack: “Take 1/2 the Clothes, Twice the Money”). After years on the road, I have revised that and am now cutting both in half. Regarding luggage: thanks to embracing my Arabic musk, I have cut my luggage substantially. I am proud to say that on this trip my roller weighed 7lbs and my backpack weighed 4lbs. Regarding money, I am making a more conscientious effort to use points where possible. $100 per night for a hotel and $150 for regional flights add up quickly when I’m going for three weeks at a time. Similarly, I hope that my frugality leads to healthier choices leading to fewer dollars spent (see A Holiday of Healthy, Tipsy, on Budget: Basically Impossible).
Here is my limited packing list:
- Old Passport if going to China (see Visa Blunder Part 3: China Visa-Free Transit Disaster (again)).
- National ID instead of a driver’s license because losing that would not be as terrible.
- Money Bag
- Money clip
- Debit card + Charles Schwab: I bring my Chase card just in case I lose my Schwab card (see Charles Schwab Debit Card: Use As Instructed )
- Eye covers
- Pen: no time to waste when getting through customs
- Vaccine records: how stupid this is but I keep an electronic record
- Blackberry + charger + cord (for blogging on the go)
- Samsung + charger + cord
- Laptop + case + charger + mouse + case
- Garmin + charger
- Wireless headphones + case
- Wired headphones (for airplanes)
- External charger + 1 short USB cord
- 1 pair of loafers
- 1 pair of gym shoes
- 1 pair of travel pants
- 1 pair of shorts with zipper back pockets (see On the Last Day: Losing My Wallet)
- 1 pair of board shorts
- Travel jacket (see The World’s Greatest Travel Jacket: A Smuggler’s Tool)
- 2 V-neck shirts, dark colors
- 1 short sleeve button up
- 3 dry-fit shirts
- Socks (will never be enough)
- Boxers (will never be enough)
The rest I buy along the way as souvenirs for which I have plenty of room in my spillover bag.
TPOL’s Tip: If traveling for short trips e.g., three days, do not make the mistake of packing more because you want options. Stick to this list.