Packing Light: 16 days in Europe in a 20 inch duffel

This trip I’ll be on from the 12th – 27th is business-related pleasure. As I’ve told some of you, this tour involves about 300 people, 250 of whom are minors. Because I did the same trip in 2006, I have the advantage of knowing exactly what I didn’t need last time. On the last tour, I took a small, carry-on sized suitcase and a backpack. This year, my goal was to fit everything into a 20″ duffel.

When I see the kids wheeling up their max-sized suitcases, huffing and puffing, I’m going to laugh and laugh and laugh.

Pink Duffel

Did I mention I’m on a special diet (more on that after my trip!) and have to bring protein shakes and the like along with me? Actually, I’m glad for it, because generally, road trip food is probably the worst stuff for you nutritionally. At least I know I’m getting all my vitamins!

Here is my journey in packing light, in pictures:

(Pics taken with my LG enV)

All my clothes...

Clothes: 4 pairs underwear, 3 dresses, 6 t-shirts, 2 uniform shirts, 1 uniform pants, PJs, poncho.

Compression bags are AWESOME! That pile of clothes barely filled 1/4 of the duffel!

(Gross story – I had a travel companion once who insisted that she didn’t need to do laundry often because… and I quote, “Underwear has two sides.” *shiver* I’d rather wash it out in the sink after ONE wearing, thanks!)

Hygiene Items & Other Stuff

Hygiene/Etc: Glasses, sunglasses, contacts, contact solutions, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, body wash (doubles as shaving cream and it’s not aerosol, so the TSA loves you for it!), razor, razor refills, bandaids, deodorant, toilet paper (COMES IN HANDY!!), tweezers, concealer, foundation, laundry soap.

e with 4e

Entertainment: iPod & Charger & Adapter, Book: The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain Book: Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, 4th Edition, Phone & Charger (for U.S.-based layovers on the way there and back)

My many meals...

Food: 75 mini-meals (shakes, bars, drinks, etc), Shaker bottle (not pictured)

Random other stuff to pack

Misc: Trip Paperwork (I’m a bus coordinator, so I have paperwork, booo!), Travel Pillow, camera, batteries

On My Person: Travel Pouch (passport, ID, cash, credit cards, etc), Camelbak, Sketchers Mary Jane-style Sneakers (they’re sneakers but look good with a dress! A must for the traveling ladies in your life!), Drawstring Backpack (daytrip pack).

Done packing!

I’m ready to rock n’roll through Europe! Woot! While I’m gone, you’ll get THREE more Craigslist Experiments: a 30-year old Geek Girl, a 40-something MILF, and a token Geek Boy. Who will get the most emails? You’ll find out!! You may also see guest posts from some of my geek blogger brethren… stay tuned!

For more on packing light, you really should take a look at OneBag.com. It’s a great resource!


About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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