Packing Up and Packing Light- How a Tour Guide Does It 4

The fall tour season is quickly approaching and I’m looking at 6 weeks of travel with one bag. With less than a week to go, have I packed anything yet? Nope. I have packed two “fake” bags for packing lectures I’ve been doing this month, but the real thing is going to be constructed in the next few days. So I thought this would be a good time to write down my philosophy and ideas about packing light.

Over the next few days, I’ll be writing about choosing the right bag for you, bag accessories, choosing shoes, clothes and deciding what should stay.

The goal is this- keep the bag under 8 kilo (about 16 pounds) and bring enough of everything I need to feel at home anywhere for as long as I need. It’s going to be tricky. Fall is a tough time to pack right. I’ll be in Italy the whole time, but I’ll be starting in Rome at 80 degrees and eventually hiking in the Alps at 50 degrees in October. I’ll need to be careful to bring both warm and cool clothes and shoes. 

So how does one pack for the beaches of Sicily as well as the mountain peaks of the Dolomites? Stay tuned….


Sarah Murdoch is a tour guide and guidebook writer for Rick Steves Europe. Her blog, Adventures with Sarah, focuses on packing tips, travel stories and advice for planning the best trip possible.

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