muddybadger:

10 days in the UK with “one” bag.
The good stuff:
GR0 - Fits it all
GR1 Field Pocket - For electronics
10L Bullet Ruck - For a day pack
Patagonia Rain Shell - In case of rain
Packtowl - It’s a towel…
13” Macbook Pro (not pictured) - Self explanatory
Vibram TrekSport - For running
LaCie Rugged HD - Some movies for the plane
Universal Power Adapter - Silly UK power plugs
Garmin FR10 (not pictured) - GPS watch for runs
Skivvy rolls (See here for howto) - Clothes

Lightest I’ve gone for a 10day trip overseas.  Pretty happy with my loadout.
-J muddybadger:

10 days in the UK with “one” bag.
The good stuff:
GR0 - Fits it all
GR1 Field Pocket - For electronics
10L Bullet Ruck - For a day pack
Patagonia Rain Shell - In case of rain
Packtowl - It’s a towel…
13” Macbook Pro (not pictured) - Self explanatory
Vibram TrekSport - For running
LaCie Rugged HD - Some movies for the plane
Universal Power Adapter - Silly UK power plugs
Garmin FR10 (not pictured) - GPS watch for runs
Skivvy rolls (See here for howto) - Clothes

Lightest I’ve gone for a 10day trip overseas.  Pretty happy with my loadout.
-J muddybadger:

10 days in the UK with “one” bag.
The good stuff:
GR0 - Fits it all
GR1 Field Pocket - For electronics
10L Bullet Ruck - For a day pack
Patagonia Rain Shell - In case of rain
Packtowl - It’s a towel…
13” Macbook Pro (not pictured) - Self explanatory
Vibram TrekSport - For running
LaCie Rugged HD - Some movies for the plane
Universal Power Adapter - Silly UK power plugs
Garmin FR10 (not pictured) - GPS watch for runs
Skivvy rolls (See here for howto) - Clothes

Lightest I’ve gone for a 10day trip overseas.  Pretty happy with my loadout.
-J muddybadger:

10 days in the UK with “one” bag.
The good stuff:
GR0 - Fits it all
GR1 Field Pocket - For electronics
10L Bullet Ruck - For a day pack
Patagonia Rain Shell - In case of rain
Packtowl - It’s a towel…
13” Macbook Pro (not pictured) - Self explanatory
Vibram TrekSport - For running
LaCie Rugged HD - Some movies for the plane
Universal Power Adapter - Silly UK power plugs
Garmin FR10 (not pictured) - GPS watch for runs
Skivvy rolls (See here for howto) - Clothes

Lightest I’ve gone for a 10day trip overseas.  Pretty happy with my loadout.
-J

muddybadger:

10 days in the UK with “one” bag.

The good stuff:

Lightest I’ve gone for a 10day trip overseas.  Pretty happy with my loadout.

-J

Light and fast.

Article submission by Alvaro Serrano on the topic of photography and the Pack Light, Go Fast philosophy. It’s about building a lightweight photography kit for life in the city and it features the GORUCK RR Field Pocket, the GR Echo, and other great pieces of gear.

muddybadger:

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Simple tips to help you pack light

Check your destination

A good trip begins with knowing where you are going to be. What is the weather like during your stay? Are you visiting during rainy season or will it be bone dry? Does it get cold at night (like in the mountains)? Are there stores where you can buy toiletries? Does your hotel provide you with laundry? These kinds of questions will help you create your initial list of things to bring.

But remember the golden rule: take half of what you think you need out.

Choose the right bag

I’ve learned in the military that if you have a bigger ruck (AKA backpack) you will fill it with stuff. Choose the right bag for the trip. Try to keep it as small as possible. This will force you to bring only the necessary things for the trip. A small bag will also allow you to be more fluid and move faster both at the airport and at your destination.

Have a “buy it” budget ready

Things like toiletries can be bought at your destination. There is no need to bring your whole bathroom with you. Have for example a minimal set of toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste) and buy shaving stuff, shampoo, etc when you arrive. This “buy it” budget can also serve as an emergency budget. If you need to buy a tshirt, a rain jacket or whatever due to whatever reason, you’ll be ready.

Learn to layer your clothing

We’ve talked about layering many times in the blog. Layering allows you to combine your clothing in a way that not only creates a good system (keeping your cool or warm when needed) but also help you bring less clothing for your trip. Each part of the layering system works in tandem with the rest to create a great climate control. You can also play with this and create a system where an item can serve multiple purposes, for example, there are hiking pants that will pass as khaki as well and can be worn during a day hike and at night at the restaurant.

Remember, synthetic fabrics are your friends. Especially during the summer and if you plan on waning your clothing by hand at the hotel.

Cut the amount of electronics you are bringing

Do you really need that big, heavy camera and lenses? Or the smart phone you have with a decent camera will suffice for this trip? Can you go by with only an iPad and not a laptop, iPad and ebook reader? Try to think what you need and minimize the use of electronics. Of course, this is depending of the purpose of your trip. Also, try to get a combined charger for your electronics instead of brining a charger per piece of gear.

When in doubt, remove it

Unless you know for sure that you will use/wear a specific item, remove it. You’ll be surprised of how light you can go. And if you needed during the trip? Well, you always have that “buy it” money…

Packing light is about being free and enjoying the trip. Have fun and get out!

Here’re some nice tips for something I’ve been doing for the past 10 years, washing your clothing at hotels.

One of the five key principles of light travel is to wash clothing along the way. This allows the traveler to wear clothing items more than once, reducing the number of garments that are packed. There are several methods of doing laundry. Some people send their laundry out, while others stop at a laundromat. I prefer to do sink washing. I usually do this in the late afternoon after I’ve arrived at my destination. This gives lots of time for the garments to dry. I’ve listed my method in the steps below. Please note that there are a few extra steps using this method. They practically guarantee that the garment will be dry and wrinkle free by morning.

Oh, and while you are the website, check The Five Key Principles of Light Travel.

  • Pack a capsule wardrobe
  • Layer Clothing
  • Wash clothes while on travel
  • Minimize liquids
  • Minimize electronics and use USB
Yes, GORUCK is Pack Light, Go Fast’s favorite.

There is a reason for this. Yes, GORUCK is Pack Light, Go Fast’s favorite.

There is a reason for this.

Yes, GORUCK is Pack Light, Go Fast’s favorite.

There is a reason for this.

Took a day trip to Normandy to tour Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American cemetery. GoRuck GR1.

  • Notebook with tickets
  • Nikon D300
  • Water
  • Chocolate (because France)
  • Guidebook
  • GoPro and monopod
  • Jacket
  • Battery pack