What I packed for a three month trip in Europe and USA
Before I started my journey, I knew I wanted to bring as few things as possible with me. Knowing I’d have to carry everything I brought with me, the fewer items I brought, the lighter the load (and life!) would be.
Below you can find a list of items I brought with me for a three month trip in USA and seven European countries.
Five pairs of underpants
Five pairs of socks
Three short-sleeved tops
Leggings — they double as sport tights while practicing yoga or running.
Sport tights — they, on the other hand, double as leggings.
Harem pants — to wear as lounge wear and pyjama pants.
Flight socks — a life safer on long flights!
Sneakers — I changed these to winter boots when I visited Finland for a friend’s wedding in mid-October.
While I was in New York, November was on its way, so my sister brought along my winter jacket. She also brought me a skirt and high heeled shoes, which I wore to the Turkish wedding I attended in Germany.
Contents of my cosmetic bag
Toothbrush + toothpaste
Contact lenses + solution
Lucas’ Papaw ointment — an amazing product that has various uses, from rash cream to lip balm.
Eye mask — a necessity in hostel dorms and on flights.
Earplugs — also a necessity in hostel dorms and on flights (especially after getting a ruptured ear drum from flying while sick).
Moon cup + cleaning solution — makes even those days a breeze for a female traveller!
Mascara + eyeliner — so I could wear some make-up at the Turkish wedding in Dortmund.
Computer + charger
Mobile phone + charger
Camera + charger — I use an Olympus Pen E-PM1, which is light enough to carry around, while not compromising too much on image quality.
Yoga mat — I use the Manduka eKO SuperLite mat. Ideal for travelling since it only weighs 1 kg!
It’s not easy to know what to pack prior to a big trip. My estimate of what to bring proved to be very accurate. I never wished I had anything else with me. My backpack ended up weighing 15 kg, which I was able to carry quite easily. The travel backpack weighed 8 kg and the detachable daypack 7 kg (because it had all my electronics in it). In the end, you don’t need much to travel, so I can warmly recommend travelling lightly!