Over the past couple years I have ramped up my yoga and dance training and am in the fortunate position to have both the desire and ability to travel to study with master teachers. In addition to that, my husband and I like to travel for fun. I blame my parents for instilling this love of seeing the world at a very young age. My goal is to be a travel ninja. I want to streamline what I pack and how I plan so that I can relax and enjoy my trip as much as possible. And do it all in one carry on bag. Totally possible.
I’ve posted about my one-bag travel before, but since it’s an ongoing process figuring out how to be a travel ninja, I’m going to continue to post about how it’s going.
A lot of the resources about traveling light are a little excessive for my tastes. Could I survive for two weeks packing one pair of underpants and a few tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s in the one pair of cargo pants I’m wearing? Probably. Would I enjoy it? Not really. There has to be a happy medium between that and checking a separate duffle bag just for my flip-flops. (Hi, Mom!)
As mentioned in my previous post on travel, Aeronaut by Tom Bihn is my luggage. It is that and a purse. A reasonable sized purse and not one of those gold lamé monstrosities I see ladies trying to pass off as their “personal item.”
Tomorrow morning, I’m heading to LA for ten days of teacher training with my sweet mentor, Erich Schiffmann. Then, two days in Disneyland with my husband! I have some more posts coming up about travel techniques, and I'll also try to check in while I'm on the road about yoga and LA.
My Packing List:
- 3 pairs yoga pants
- 1 pair leggings (Yes, they’re different things! Not pants!)
- 4 tank tops
- 2 sports bras
- 1 regular bra
- 4 pairs undies
- 4 pairs socks
- 1 tunic top
- 1 wool dress
- 1 jersey skirt
- 1 wool hoodie
- 1 lightweight cardigan
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 pair Merrell mary janes
It fits all into my backpack packing cube, but still I feel like it might be too much. I'll report back with whether or not I wore everything. In addition I have yoga gear, beautification gear, camera, etc. that fill up the rest of my bag.
My Outfitting Strategy:
I try to stay within a palette of colors, although I have what some people may consider an unconventional approach to “matching” so I’m not entirely successful at this. But still, I try to pack so that tops and bottoms are interchangeable and I don’t get stuck with a top matching only one bottom. It’s not that I care if people see me wearing the same thing more than once, but I get bored myself. I recently learned that this technique is called a Capsule Wardrobe. Lady Light Travel has a great post about this and I really like that her example uses an awesome color combo (brown and tangerine) that demonstrates that you can put together a lot of really cute options with a few pieces. I’m also a fan of tunic tops and zany mini skirts that I can pull on over my yoga clothes so that when I’m running around before and after workshopping, I look slightly more put together. In a bohemian kind of way.
I have a Manduka eKo SuperLite Travel Mat and also a Yogi Toes Skidless Towel. Depending on where i’m going and what I’m doing, I might take just one or the other. Since I’m doing a 10 day YTT where Yoga is going to be the primary thing I’m doing, I’ll take both. And I still might layer both on top of a borrowed mat because I love me some super luxe asanating. I also like Manduka’s eQua Towels! The hand towels are great for just about everything.
Let me know your most favorite travel tips or if you have any questions about traveling light!