Packing Advice from "The Girl with the Ginormous Backpack"

On my first long-term trip abroad, I was heading to South America for an indefinite period of time. Before the end of my first day at the hostel in Lima, I had already garnered the nickname “The Girl with the Ginormous Backpack”. It towered over me, and weighed in at 65 pounds. It was cumbersome, to say the least. I ended up giving away items of clothing along the way, sending some things home, and vowed never again to create such suffering for myself.

Fast forward seven years later, and one of the things I get asked is, “What do you pack when you travel?” For my last trip before this mo