Packing Light

How to Travel Light

Ezcaba Campground - Pamplona SpainI just returned from a trip to Europe. I visited 6 countries in two weeks: Copenhagen, Denmark, London, England, Calais, France, Pamplona, Spain, Barcelona, Spain, Venice, Italy, Dusseldorf, Germany, Cologne, Germany, and Mönchengladbach, Germany. I did it with one bag, I didnt check any bags at the airport. I don’t think I’ll check a bag ever again. No long lines, no stress about luggage, etc. My bag ended up weighing 18 pounds at its heaviest.

Here are some of the items that I will take along with me.

SnugPak Jungle Bag


The SnugPak Jungle bag is a lightweight tropical sleeping bag. It is just under 2 pounds, just over 6 feet long and just under 2 feet wide, a perfect size to carry in the summer. It features a mosquito net on the hood and comes in both right handed and left handed zip up bags. The sleeping bag also completely unzips allowing you to use the bag as a blanket. The material is an anti-microbial material that slows the growth of fungus and bacteria. There is also a convenient pocket on the inside of the chest area of the bag. The bag is rated down to 45 degrees.

Klymit Inertia X Frame Camping Mattress


The Klymit Inertia X Frame utilizes loft pockets and body mapping technology. This offers thermal and weight benefits because the X Frame can fit inside your sleeping bag allowing body heat to be trapped between the pockets and provides support in areas where your body most needs it. This mat easily inflates with 2-3 breaths. Firmness can be adjusted with a small hand pump. The mat is a little smaller than a 20 oz bottle of soda.

ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Brief


ExOfficio Men’s underwear are synthetic, moisture wicking underwear that will dry in about 6 hours. Depending on the humidity of your location the drying time will vary. They are also odor resistant. The ExOdficio tagline is: “17 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of award-winning underwear. (Ok, maybe two.)”

Sea to Summit DryLite Towel


Compact, super absorbent, perfect overall travel towel. This towel could fit inside of a pocket. If you have quick dry clothing, you can roll your clothing up inside of the towel and ring it out to speed up the drying of your clothes.

Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Cube


There are at least 101 uses for these handy organizers. Use them to pack T-shirts and socks for easy access upon arrival; for quick unpacking during security checks.

Marmot Trail Wind Hoody


The marmot Trail Wind Hoody is an Incredibly light wind jacket that packs into its own pocket and has mesh vents under the arms to help it breathe. It repels water but is not waterproof.

Merrell Bare Access 2


Run in near-barefoot freedom and comfort with the Merrell Bare Access 2 running shoe. Part of the Barefoot Run collection, this men’s minimalist runner has a breathable mesh and synthetic upper, supportive overlays and a six-eye lace closure for a snug, glove-like fit. Barefoot Strobel construction enhances flexibility, while a 0mm ball-to-heel drop affords a next-to-natural footfall. An Aegis-treated footbed and 8mm cushioned midsole provide ample shock absorption. Compared to its forerunner, more rubber meets the road in the Bare Access 2 Vibram rubber outsole, so you can count on more sticky traction.

Swiftwick Performance One inch Sock


Fast drying, lightweight sock with superb abrasion resistance and long-lasting durability. As a fiber, Olefin retains less than .01% of its weight in moisture and resists deterioration from chemicals and perspiration. The combination of nylon and spandex with the Olefin fiber helps create a softer, more comfortable sock with incredible breathability for everyday wear.

Pacsafe Luggage Cashsafe Belt Wallet


The cashsafe travel belt wallet is great for stashing extra cash and perfect for heading through airport check-points

Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz


Central nervous system function, digestive function, cardiovascular system function and muscle function depend heavily on electrolytes.

Fresh & Go Toothbrush & Paste


The Fresh & Go Toothbrush comes with a snap-on cap and enough refreshing fluoride toothpaste to last for as many as 30 brushings. The easy-to-grip cylindrical handle of each brush is packed with paste: just twist the dial and mint-flavored toothpaste flows easily onto the soft round-ended bristles. Fresh & Go provides the convenient way to brush whenever one feels the need or urge to brush. The Fresh & Go toothbrush is neat and handy: it fits in a handbag, glove compartment, desk drawer, backpack, briefcase, or gym bag.

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