I know I just came out with a post about how to travel in a backpack, but as I was deciding what to bring on my upcoming train trip, I decided I didn’t want to carry around a backpack around New York when I am there if I didn’t have to. I went to New York for a weekend last year only using a large purse, and managed to pack clothes for warm weather AND high heel boots. I figured, if that is possible, maybe it is also possible to pack for a longer trip in a smaller bag. I had to try so I had to succeed…and so it happened! I modified the more-inclusive packing list to satisfy the requirements for this trip. And as you can see, there is still room for snacks!
As most of my time will be spent on a train, I don’t need 2-3 pairs of shoes. I have nicer ankle booties that are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, including walking around cities, but they also are nice enough to be dressed up for clubbing in New York. I don’t need to pack my fleece jacket since I am sure it will be cold on the train (so I will be wearing it), and outside while Spring and Winter weather battle each other out. And so, everything below fits into my 13″ x 7″ x 10″ purse.
Everything goes into the blue purse shown above, or will be worn by me.
GoPro, Fold-able headphones, iPad, phone, portable phone charger, plug in chargers for the iPad and iPhone. I have to bring one each because I have the old a$$ iPad.
2 ziplock bags (always good to have), notebook and pen. SNACKS!
Towel, rubber bands, hair clip, sink stopper, laundry sheets, Febreze to go, sunglasses, deodorant, makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, tampons, chapstick, multi-use shampoo/bodywash
Denim capris, thermal leggings, hippie pants, black tank, plain tee, long sleeve tee, graphic tank, fleece jacket, ankle booties, 6 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks. (The sink stopper and laundry sheets take care of the ability to re-wear things).
*This is the first time I have ever packed earlier than the night before/morning of departure. I laugh at younger me trying to pack all of her belongings two weeks in advance. I mean….you don’t really need underwear, or shirts, or pants,… No. Just, no. It’s nice having a separate supply of wardrobe, shoes, and other travel stuff. That way, my backpack (or purse) can remain packed and ready to go wherever and whenever, and have absolutely no impact on my non-travelling life.