Hot! What I Packed for 10 Weeks in France

One of the things I wanted to test out on my trip to France last summer was the idea of going carry-on-only for a lengthy trip.  The 10 week trip (which subsequently turned into 8 weeks) was a perfect chance to test this technique.  Ever the one to take things an extra mile, I decided to limit myself to my camera bag and a small, 45L daypack (which you can see in photos on my original packing list post).  Being a historical reenactor has taught me that I don’t really need much to survive and also how to pack a bag well, which made it easier than I expected.  Though I think I would be happier with a 60L pack in the future, I was very pleased with what I was able to fit into my bag.

The photo below shows everything that I carried with me during my time in France.  I have listed all the items below, but if you would like to be able to see a version of the photo in which you can hover over the items to see what they are, please click here.

In order, starting from the top left and moving down and to the right, in columns:

  • Camera Bag – Canon 7D, 70-200mm lens, 17-70mm lens, battery charger, 4 memory cards, business cards, moleskine reporter notebook, pens, pencils, paper journal
  • 2 Bras – 1 nice, 1 normal
  • Spork
  • Scarf
  • Toiletries bag – small bottle each of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shower poof, first aid, biodegradable soap/shampoo sheets, vitamins, etc.
  • Tiny Pack Towel (in toiletries bag)
  • Medium Pack Towel (in toiletries bag)
  • Braided Clothes Line
  • Photocopies of Passport & ID
  • 8 Energy Bars
  • 3 Short-Sleeved Polo Shirts
  • 8 Pair Underwear (in blue packing cube)
  • 7 Pair Socks (in blue packing cube)
  • 4 Pair Boxers
  • Bikini Swimsuit and Surf Shorts
  • Swim Goggles
  • 3 Short-Sleeved T-Shirts
  • 2 Long-Sleeved Button-Down Shirts
  • Packable Shopping Bag
  • 1 Pair Jeans
  • 1 Pair Ripstop Cargo Pants
  • 15in Macbook Pro & Sleeve
  • 2 Tank Tops
  • 3 Long-Sleeved Shirts
  • 2 Pair Shorts
  • Black Packing Cube w/ Electronics, Cables, and Travel Photo Frame
  • Fleece Long-Sleeved Shirt
  • Traditional French “Bleu de Travail” Working Jacket
  • Raincoat

Not visible: Keen Sandals, what I wore on the plane

While I was generally happy with what I packed, as always, there were things I didn’t use and things I wished I had more of.  Look for a post coming soon in which I will talk about which of these items I used, which I didn’t, and what I would/wouldn’t recommend.