If your like me and have a bag or suitcase for every occasion then the task of choosing what to pack is only second to what to pack it in. That had to be the first thing to get sorted out before I can be down to only two options, suitcase or back pack.
There are two ways I pack for a trip, one where I have six pairs of shoes and one where I only have 2 pairs. Over the years, if you are an avid traveler you learn what you can and cannot live with on each trip, for example while on a pilgrimage two days in I realized bringing my bathing suit was probably a mistake and left it in the Albergue. But on the other hand when I go to Mexico to an all-inclusive resort I have no less than four bathing suits with me. My pilgrimage to Santiago taught me a few things about what is necessary and what is frivolous, here is a quick idea of what you really need, one pair of pants and if they zip off to shorts perfect, two T shirts, one long sleeve, one fleece, one sports bras for the ladies (maybe two). After that the most important item of clothing and this is where I went over board and you really should is 4 pairs of socks – don’t skimp on them you will need them on your walk.
There were a few other items like rain coats and such but pack the basics and learn to wash by hand.
Mexico, all-inclusive is a time to splurge on
the packing, within reason because by now I have learned I really do pack too much. I take, pants, shorts, dresses and at least four pairs of shoes because you never know. This is your reward for hard treks an wearing the same outfit for four days; me I am going to Cuba in 15 short days which is my reward for the hardest trek of my life, climbing Machu Picchu.
So the questions I ask you, do you pack in a suitcase or a back pack and what tips do you have for packing light?
Oh What a Journey!