What I packed for 7 weeks on the road…

I’m packing up tonight here in Romania after a fabulous, and I head to Bulgaria tomorrow on the train so I thought it would be a good time (as promised earlier) to show you what I’ve brought with me on the road.

As you’ll recall, I’m engaging in semi-minimalist travel. This is in no way going to approximate the die-hard backpackers who carry everything for 6 months in a 40L pack. That’s not me. Not in my 20s and certainly not now. So here we go… what can you fit in a carry-on rollerboard and small shoulder pack?

Note that items marked with an asterisk would most definitely be seen as a non-essential by a minimalist traveler.


Clothing & Shoes

  • 3 sleeveless dresses (2 long, 1 short)
  • 1 long-sleeve dress (long)
  • 1 cotton short-sleeve T-shirt
  • 1 pair cotton capris
  • 1 long-sleeve cardigan
  • 1 pair black leggings
  • 1 short-sleeve tunic
  • 1 pair Qatar Airways pajamas
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 3 bras (1 black, 1 nude, 1 strapless)
  • 1 Eddie Bauer rain jacket
  • 1 floral-print scarf
  • 1 pair Nike running shoes
  • 1 pair Vionic Wave orthotic sandals


Toiletries and Medicine/First Aid

  • Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub (face cleanser)*
  • Cosmedix Hydrate+ (lotion + SPF)*
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss (it’s in the photo, Mom!)
  • Gillette Mach 3 razor and King of Shave shave oil*
  • Refresh tears + extra contact lenses and case
  • Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm* (for headaches and migraines)
  • Folding travel brush/comb
  • Tweezer, fingernail clipper, emery board and pore cleaner*
  • OGX shampoo and conditioner
  • Dry shampoo*
  • Q-tips*
  • Purifying soap bar (a gift from my friend Pam)
  • Advil, allergy medicine and acid controller (I’m not 20 anymore)
  • Bodyglide & a blister bandage (for running and hiking wounds)
  • Off bug repellent wipes*
  • Soap nuts for doing laundtry
  • Hair ties


Health & Fitness

  • Jay Robb whey protein* (7 packets)
  • Swim suit and sarong
  • Addidas workout top & capris
  • Headband
  • No-show, quick-dry athletic socks (2 pair)
  • Champion sports bras (3)
  • SPRI resistance bands*
  • Golds Gym sliders*
  • Quest protein bar*
  • Stevia tablets* (for my tea)
  • Nuun electrolyte tablets*


Electronics & Tech

  • Macbook Air laptop & power cord
  • Apple iPhone 7 (not pictured)
  • Bose noise-canceling headphones and splitter
  • Back-up headphones* (no charging required)
  • Audio cable & car USB charger* (for rental cars)
  • USB drive* (I am working)
  • Uniball signo pens (2)
  • Battery powered travel light*
  • 3-in-1 USB charging cable
  • Apple iPod Nano
  • Multi-adapter/USB charger
  • AIBCON 10000mAh battery pack
  • Misc. charging cords/adapters*


Miscellaneous Items

  • Travel blanket*
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Sunbrella (SPF 50+ umbrella that also works for rain)*
  • Blender bottle
  • Eastern Europe & Romania/Bulgaria Lonely Planet
  • Robe*
  • House slippers*
  • Sunglasses
  • Collapsable shopping sack*

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American expat. University professor. World traveller. Dog lover. Eating and drinking my way through the Balkans for 7 weeks.

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