Packing List

For my year abroad, I’m attempting to travel light while staying prepared for different situations with regards to weather, laundry, pickpockets, etc. I did tons of research, but after just one day in Prague, I realized that it was mostly a waste. Months of googling was quickly trumped by one day of actual experience. On the bright side, with a duffel that’s literally the maximum size allowed for a carry-on, I was able to get by without checking any bags.

Empty Bags


  • Duffel - Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45
  • Backpack - Topo Designs Daypack



  • T-shirts x5
  • Longsleeve/Hoodie x2
  • Collared Shirts x3
  • Jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Boxers x8
  • Socks x9
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Casual Shoes
  • Pants x2
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Board Shorts
  • Pajama Pants
  • Athletic Shorts x2
  • Belt
  • Flip Flops



  • Passport
  • Laptop and Charger
  • USB Headphones/Mic
  • Universal Adapter
  • External Mouse/Keyboard
  • Travel Towel
  • iPhone, Charger, Earbuds
  • Glasses and Contact Lenses
  • Journal and Pens
  • Thermometer
  • Books and Booklight
  • Puzzle Book
  • Playing Cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear Plugs
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Vitamins/Medicine
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Spork
  • Stress Ball

I stuffed all clothes and most accessories into the duffel. The laptop, books, and some smaller accessories were left for the backpack. Duffel ended up weighing 12+ kg, or more than 2 kg over the carry-on limit, but who’s counting?

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