The no-baggage journey is complete! After six weeks and more than 30,000 miles on five continents, I’ve come full-circle to New York — and be honest, it feels kind of surreal. I didn’t pack many items for the journey, but I did manage to pack in a lot of experiences — so many that I feel like I’ve been gone a lot more than a month and a half. I feel both happy and tired (and I’d reckon my exhaustion has less to do with my lack of luggage than the fact that the world is a big place to cover in such a short time).

“Before I started this trip I wondered how light I could pack, and I wondered which items might be essential to the enjoyment of other countries. As it turned out, I didn’t require much — the less I took, the less I had to worry about, and the less slowed me down.”
— Rolph Potts - No-baggage field report (via zenhabits)

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Q

moustachioed asked:

How can I wash my clothes on my month-long trip? I've seen it discussed before, but I don't recall seeing any brand names...suggestions?

A

Yes, start by reading this article.
Personally what I do is the following: for socks, underwear and other small items I use the shower and soap there. For larger items like a under shirt, base layers, pants, etc I use a big ZipLock bag, I mean the biggest you can find. I bring a little laundry powder on a small bottle or buy a small detergent on my destination, add the detergent and fill 1/4 of the bag with water. Add 2 items of clothing, close the bag (taking most of the air out but not all, we want a bit of room for the clothing to move) and shake vigorously for about 5 min. Remove the soapy water, add 1/2 in fresh water and share for another 5 min. Repeat the fresh water until the clothing is soap free. Hang on a line or window.

This technique has been working for ever and I’ve washed clothing like this in the mountains, hotels, tents in the jungle, and other places you wouldn’t want to know.

I hope this helps you.

Sorry for the low quality pictures but I was in a hurry when I took them.

In the first picture:

the bundle with the suit, shirt, tie, a white undershirt, dress socks and shoes. A white undershirt and the shoes are the core for the bundle, which at this point is very loose. I tighten it a bit before packing it.
2 pairs of everyday socks
2 pairs of underwear
A Patagonia Capilene long sleeve crew (for running and hiking)
A Patagonia R1 ultra breathable fleece (for running and hiking and as my main insulation)
A belt for the suit
A beanie for hiking
A tshirt
A pair of shorts (mainly as a PJ)
Deodorant, toothbrush, iPhone and iPad chargers on the pouch
Wearing on the plane and to hike: A pair Patagonia Guide Pants, a pair of hiking shoes that are also running shoes, a synthetic button shirt from Mountain Hardwear and a Patagonia rain jacket.

On the second picture: how it looks packed and on the third picture how my pack looks closed.

5 days, 4 nights: business and pleasure. One pack.

Edit: Before you ask, yes I iron the shit and suit before wearing them. Even 3 star hotels have an iron on the room so that’s easy to do. However, bundle packing keeps the wrinkles to the minimum. Sorry for the low quality pictures but I was in a hurry when I took them.

In the first picture:

the bundle with the suit, shirt, tie, a white undershirt, dress socks and shoes. A white undershirt and the shoes are the core for the bundle, which at this point is very loose. I tighten it a bit before packing it.
2 pairs of everyday socks
2 pairs of underwear
A Patagonia Capilene long sleeve crew (for running and hiking)
A Patagonia R1 ultra breathable fleece (for running and hiking and as my main insulation)
A belt for the suit
A beanie for hiking
A tshirt
A pair of shorts (mainly as a PJ)
Deodorant, toothbrush, iPhone and iPad chargers on the pouch
Wearing on the plane and to hike: A pair Patagonia Guide Pants, a pair of hiking shoes that are also running shoes, a synthetic button shirt from Mountain Hardwear and a Patagonia rain jacket.

On the second picture: how it looks packed and on the third picture how my pack looks closed.

5 days, 4 nights: business and pleasure. One pack.

Edit: Before you ask, yes I iron the shit and suit before wearing them. Even 3 star hotels have an iron on the room so that’s easy to do. However, bundle packing keeps the wrinkles to the minimum. Sorry for the low quality pictures but I was in a hurry when I took them.

In the first picture:

the bundle with the suit, shirt, tie, a white undershirt, dress socks and shoes. A white undershirt and the shoes are the core for the bundle, which at this point is very loose. I tighten it a bit before packing it.
2 pairs of everyday socks
2 pairs of underwear
A Patagonia Capilene long sleeve crew (for running and hiking)
A Patagonia R1 ultra breathable fleece (for running and hiking and as my main insulation)
A belt for the suit
A beanie for hiking
A tshirt
A pair of shorts (mainly as a PJ)
Deodorant, toothbrush, iPhone and iPad chargers on the pouch
Wearing on the plane and to hike: A pair Patagonia Guide Pants, a pair of hiking shoes that are also running shoes, a synthetic button shirt from Mountain Hardwear and a Patagonia rain jacket.

On the second picture: how it looks packed and on the third picture how my pack looks closed.

5 days, 4 nights: business and pleasure. One pack.

Edit: Before you ask, yes I iron the shit and suit before wearing them. Even 3 star hotels have an iron on the room so that’s easy to do. However, bundle packing keeps the wrinkles to the minimum.

Sorry for the low quality pictures but I was in a hurry when I took them.

In the first picture:

  • the bundle with the suit, shirt, tie, a white undershirt, dress socks and shoes. A white undershirt and the shoes are the core for the bundle, which at this point is very loose. I tighten it a bit before packing it.
  • 2 pairs of everyday socks
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • A Patagonia Capilene long sleeve crew (for running and hiking)
  • A Patagonia R1 ultra breathable fleece (for running and hiking and as my main insulation)
  • A belt for the suit
  • A beanie for hiking
  • A tshirt
  • A pair of shorts (mainly as a PJ)
  • Deodorant, toothbrush, iPhone and iPad chargers on the pouch

Wearing on the plane and to hike: A pair Patagonia Guide Pants, a pair of hiking shoes that are also running shoes, a synthetic button shirt from Mountain Hardwear and a Patagonia rain jacket.

On the second picture: how it looks packed and on the third picture how my pack looks closed.

5 days, 4 nights: business and pleasure. One pack.

Edit: Before you ask, yes I iron the shit and suit before wearing them. Even 3 star hotels have an iron on the room so that’s easy to do. However, bundle packing keeps the wrinkles to the minimum.


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Tip: keeps your valuables secure while going through the security scanner

It’s very easy for a thieve to snatch some of your valuables (watches, wallets, etc) while you are busy with the security screening and your bags already went through the scanner.
One thing to do in order to make it more secure is to buy a small pouch and put your valuables there before hitting the security screening, then put the pouch inside your bag and send it through the scanner. When you are done, pick your bag and get your valuables out, all in one place.

Some good pouches are:

Travel Around the World for 6 Weeks Without Luggage?

Coming soon to Pack Light….

I have pictures of my business trip, a 5 day, 4 nights trip where I needed a suit, tie, belt, shirt and shoes for business and also clothing for every day, including hiking. All that fit into a carry-on sized bag.

I’m using my phone and tumblr won’t let me upload pictures from there but as soon as I have access to a computer I’ll upload them.

In the meantime, have a happy thanksgiving (to the american readers)