I complete my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series with my day bag and backpack (animated!).
In Part Four of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about nearly everything else: cosmetics, journaling tools, my phone, and snacks and water.
In Part Three of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about the remainder of my mini-wardrobe: shirt and sweater layers, pajamas that double as a baselayer, and shoes.
In Part Two of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about my quest for the perfect travel pants.
I’m currently on a 3-month around-the-country (mostly by train) trip, the country being the USA. It seemed like a good time to update my packing list with the twelve items I now consider essential. In Part One I cover items one and two: my waterproof and soft shell jackets.
The food options on I-95 suck regardless, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, they really suck. I survived a recent road trip from New York to Florida with a combination of preparation and improvisation.
Ah yes, roadtrip America: the wind in your hair, the sun in your eyes, the endless road sinking into the horizon. Except when you’re trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on a Friday afternoon.
I first heard it when watching In the Footsteps of Marco Polo on PBS, but I’ve heard it repeated numerous times since then: Beijing is cold, unfriendly, faceless. Go to see the sights, but don’t expect to like it. Only I really did like it: the city, the people, the food. In hindsight, I think this is why.
Each week I share my latest packing tips, travel ideas, and minimalist adventures.