Commuting between London and Palma most weekends last year, I got good at packing light; gradually reducing my carry-on down to ten kilograms. It became a something of an obsession.
Being able to pack in ten minutes and disappear significantly changes how you live. It’s cathartic. Fundamentally, life is better than when I was hauling around stuff I didn’t need.
Having recently returned from six months of working and travelling all over Asia, travelling with one bag only, the following has served me very well…
- 4X Long Sleeve Linen Shirts
- 3X T-shirts
- Long sleeve wool sweater
- Rab Microlight Vest– fantastic added warmth to weight ratio, invaluable
- Soft-shell jacket- waterproof and warm
- 7X underpants
- 7X Bridgedale CoolMax Liner Socks– fast drying, comfortable, very lightweight
- Rohan Jeans Plus- look like jeans but actually fast drying material
- Lightweight chinos- for meetings, something slightly smarter
- Driving shoes very lightweight and smart enough for meetings
- 1X Swim shorts
- 1X Shorts
- Timberland boots- tough and waterproof, but have to be worn onto aeroplanes, for winter trips only
- Sunglasses in a hard case
Toiletries – all packed in a clear Osprey bag for the airport
- Miniature shampoo
- Tiny bar of soap- the old fashioned kind
- Somerset’s Shave Oil– old school, minuscule, works
- 1X Blister Pack Paracetamol
- 1X Blister Pack Ibuprofen
- Compeed Blister Plasters
- A couple of washing powder tablets- important!
- Alcohol hand cleaning gel
- MacBook Air 11″ and charger
- Sony RX100M3- an incredible camera, but one that’s had a few issues
- GoPro3- perhaps excessive to have two cameras, but I love the wide angle shots the GoPro takes
- Skross World Travel Adaptor- big, but covers all bases and charges 2 USB devices at once, well made
- USB Cables- tough braided ones off Amazon, supplied ones are useless
- ScanDisk 64GB USB Drive- to expand laptop capacity and transfer large files
- iPhone 6s in a waterproof Lifeproof case- ugly but indestructible
- Bose Quietcomfort3 noise canceling headphones- invaluable, with spare battery
- iPod Classic- still great as it holds every song I own, an iPhone can’t do that
- Spare USB drive- containing PDF scans of all travel documents and sailing licences- infinitely useful
- Pocket folder containing hard copies of all travel documents
- Good supply of business cards
- Any spare room is given to paperback books- this can become problematic, but I just don’t like the Kindle!
All the above weighs in a little over 10kgs.