I like to think of myself as an experienced traveler, yet packing is one of those things I’m continuously learning about. In my latest city break to Seattle, I had yet again overpacked my overnight bag and my backpack ended up heavier than I would’ve liked (despite that I left my trusty laptop at home, among all other comforts).
From experience, travel packing is about functionality, vacation packing is another thing (with vacation packing having more leeway for more ‘stuff’ since you’re going on holiday to ‘indulge’ so pack all those things you actually won’t be needing). But really, when you’re traveling, the last thing you want is something weighing you down after you checked out of your hotel/hostel and you have to lug it around while you sightsee.
For this trip, I packed an extra shirt, sweater, pair of jeans which I did not use. I also did not use the eBook and travel journal I brought as nearly as much as I thought. Why did I think I would have time to change clothes and read lots while on the road? I have no idea.
From this experience, for an overnight trip, all I really needed was my phone, my charger, my camera, the clothes I started the journey in.
And what I should’ve added was a water bottle, a lock, a towel to the mix.
What are some of your packing tips? Feel free to let me know in the comment section! 🙂