Travel ready

I’m a fan of de-thinging. The fewer things you have the easier your life is. Nowhere is that truer than when it comes to travel. Pack light; it’s a lot easier to outrun security that way.

But what constitutes light?

For my upcoming three-week trip, I have to be able to do three things:

  1. Cycle
  2. Work
  3. Wander around clothed

Oh, and everything has to fit into a single, medium-sized knapsack. So here’s the list:

  • Passport
  • CDL
  • Credit cards
  • Headphones and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Mouse
  • Euro adapter
  • Cash
  • Maps
  • Novel
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Watch
  • Sunscreen
  • Underwear x 2
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt x 2
  • Socks x 2
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Floss
  • Hex keys
  • Spare tube
  • Tire lever
  • Shorts x 2
  • Jerseys x 2
  • Socks x 4
  • Helmet
  • Lights
  • Giro shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Big O kit for Damir
  • Gift South Bay Cycling socks
  • Ride gloves
  • Ride glasses
  • Ride wallet

To get

  • Razor blades
  • Otto Maria Graf books
  • Karl Kraus books
  • Baking book
  • Slovak books
  • Napkins



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13 thoughts on “Travel ready”

  1. Hello Seth,

    What is CDL?

    And perhaps order the list by priority in the event you have to get lighter … (and faster)

  2. 21 days on 2 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of underwear – good on ya, mate! You are a better man than me. I hope the youth hostel has a laundry room.

  3. I brought my bike, and clothes. The list seems a little ocd, are you a attorney or something?You forgot starter.

  4. Ditch the laptop, dude! You’re on vacation, right? Someone covering your cases? You’re good with just the phone.

  5. We’re frequent practitioners of sink-laundry on our international bike trips… a couple packets of Woolite is kind to the bike duds, and I always carry a few meters of paracord and some clothespins for drying.

    We found Slovakia in general to be an interesting & entertaining country – lots of energy, friendly, and a feeling of potential! Ran across a GIANT mural of Sagan under a bridge in Bratislava 🙂

    Have a great trip, and may nothing spill on your pants!

    1. Better to have one book, choose carefully, and read it cover to cover … I’m not much of a browser! (Remember when that was a word relating to the reading of books, not the senseless trawling of the Internet?)

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