Lyn Hughes once travelled for six months taking just a 30-litre daypack. The trip, which sparked the idea for Wanderlust magazine, also taught her how to pack light - a skill every traveller needs...
On my first truly big adventure – a round-the-world trip – I’d packed everything but the kitchen sink, with a year’s worth of gear stuffed into my bag. Then, once I was on the road, the realisation struck that there were actually fully stocked shops in all these countries – who would have thought it?
So, for our 1992 South American jaunt we decided to go hand luggage only. It turned out to be liberating. No worries about things being stored out of sight on public transport. No more fretting about keeping an eye on our cases in cafés or busy places. No feeling vulnerable on arriving in a strange town.
I haven’t travelled quite as light since, though there have been occasions when I’ve packed too light for the conditions – when a guide asks, ‘Where’s the rest of your gear?’, it’s not a good sign (see my epic fails). But even today, I still apply the same principles to my packing list.
Anything else you should be able to pick up enroute!