When I travel, I tend to only take a backpack. For a longer trip, I might take a carry on. But mostly a backpack will do me. When packing for New Orleans, I realized that it was basically, more or less, what I pack when I go anywhere.
My packing always starts with what I’m going to wear for the actual traveling. Since I was flying this trip, I knew I needed something that would keep me very warm and comfy. But since I was traveling from a cold place to a warmer place, I didn’t want to wear a big coat.
So naturally I opted for lots of layers that I could use later in my trip, too. I wore a tank top, a mockneck, a sweater, one of the two pairs of jeans that I brought, a sweatshirt, and a jacket. As always I had a scarf and a hat. I chose to wear my new vans that I had bought the day before leaving. I love to wear slip on shoes when I fly, bc they make the security check much simpler.
Once we arrived, I broke up this outfit, changed into a tee shirt, and switched to my broken in shoes. On such a short trip, I ended up wearing many items over and over, like the sweater.
On this trip, I wasn’t sure how warm it was going to be so I packed a two dresses. These didn’t end up getting orn, but they are small and easy to pack. I could have also worn one as a top if I ran low on tee shirts. The other items that didn’t get used was pajama pants and top. I always pack PJs but rarely end up using them. Better safe than sorry!
Here is the final packing list:
3 tank tops
1 mock neck
1 bathing suit
under garments and socks
Overall I think I packed a little too much, but with not knowing what the weather would be doing, I the best I could. I’m always trying to streamline packing, use layers, rewear items, and be comfortable when traveling! I also packed my toiletries, my zero waste kit, and my accessories (books, noteboos etc…) for this trip and fit them into a backpack and 1 small tote. Let me know if you would be interested to see those items!
Are you a minimalist packer for trips? Are you an over packer? Share your advice in the comments!