Experiment in Lightweight Packing


What better way to learn how to lighten my load than to experiment with lightweight packing on a 10-day trip back home for the summer. I have had the Targus Groove* Laptop Backpack for a few years and decided to test it out on that 10-day trip in August. I was pretty amazed at what I was able to fit inside and so were my parents. Although I am not sure how I fit all of my clothes, computer, 4 books and a notebook inside, it worked perfectly. I also brought along a medium-sized camera bag for my DSLR. With this set-up, I was able to travel with carry-on only and avoided the dreaded checked luggage fees in the process.

Here is a list of nearly everything I brought with me:

On Person
1 pair of jeans
1 pair tennis shoes
1 t-shirt
1 sweatshirt

3 pairs of shorts
5 shirts
5 pairs of socks
7 pairs of underwear
1 night shirt/shorts (doubles as sports clothing)
1 board shorts/swim top
1 pair of flip flops
4 books
1 medium-sized notebook/2 pens
Macbook Pro 13”* unibody
Power Brick for MacBook Pro
Neoprene Sleeve for MacBook Pro
Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, comb, brush, deodorant, lotion, face wash, extra contact lenses & more.

Camera Bag
Canon Rebel EOS T1i* and 2 lenses
Canon Powershot SD750*
2 battery chargers
iPod touch* with case/cord/earbuds
Various cords

Do you have any tips to help me master lightweight packing? If so, share them in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Experiment in Lightweight Packing

  1. Love it! It’s challenging to limit the amount of stuff you can bring on a trip but wasn’t it so nice to avoid the extra hassles of checking luggage? I also just feel like I can get around so much easier when I only have carry-on, especially a backpack instead of a rolly bag. Welcome to the carry-on only club!

  2. I am seriously aiming for carry-on only for my RTW, but a lot of that depends on if I get the bag I won from Kamiliun in time. Right now, it looks like I might not :(

  3. Wow, both of those photos are impressive. I am going to refer back to them for inspiration as I pack up my stuff for this trip.

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