Inspiration to Packing Light

by Mike on February 17, 2013

Rolf Potts managed to travel around theworld without any luggage – not even a backpack.  His main means to holds all his daily necessities was carried around the world in a Scottevest that had a ton of pocket, nonetheless, it’s still quite a feat.

Inspired by his accomplishment and the freedom or carrying less weight, I was determined only to pack a normal sized daypack on a week long trip to Rangoon, Myanmar.

I knew the weather was going to be hot so all I needed was summer time clothing.  But with a stopover in Frankfurt and Tokyo before and after my week in Myanmar, I needed to pack some warmer cloths.

What I packed for a week to Myanmar

What I packed for a week to Myanmar. NOTE: I’m wearing my warmer cloths

I wore my longer sleeve cloths from NYC to Frankfurt with the intention of changing into my summer time cloths in Singapore before heading off to Myanmar.  Essentially, I was carrying one winter outfit, which I planned to wear in Frankfurt and Tokyo while the rest of my clothing were summer cloths.

To help reduce the bulkiness of my backpack, I packed all my cloths in to the Samsonite Space To Go bags.  These are essentially large zip lock bags to compress your cloths with their innovative one-way valve to squeeze out all the air.

Samsonite Space To Go Bags

Samsonite Space To Go Bags, Photo taken in my hotel room in Myanmar

I plan to take advantages of a wash and fold laundry service in Myanmar otherwise I would be re-wearing cloths, which isn’t as ideal situation given the fact that I’ll be sweating like a pig in a labor with the temperatures in the upper 90’s to low 100’s.

For those that want the detail of what I packed, here it is:

  • 6 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 convertible pants
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 1 button-down shirt
  • 1 zippered sweatshirt
  • 4 pairs of boxers
  • 4 pairs of socks

I did bring a laptop(13″ macbook pro) on this trip to write posts like this while I’m on the road.   The laptop is small, but I wished it weighed less than 5lbs.  Perhaps I’ll upgrade to the Macbook Air.

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