[001] Traveling Without Luggage with Theresa Christine

The HPL Podcast Episode 001

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The HPL Podcast!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m thrilled to get this show rolling.

In this episode, we talk about the prospect of traveling in an ultra-minimalist mindset with Theresa Christine, the blogger behind Tremendous Times.

At Her Packing List, we talk a lot about packing light, packing your lightest bag, and taking only what you need when you travel. But could you travel with no luggage whatsoever? Could you go away with nothing but your purse?

Theresa Christine did just that on her weekend in Vegas, after being inspired by this article on Salon, and we discuss the experience in detail in this podcast.

Oh a weekend, that’s not very long at all. But then I think about times when I’m packing up to go to my boyfriend’s for a night, for like 12 hours, and I have some big bag of stuff.

Theresa’s Purse and Packing List

As promised, here’s a look into what she brought on this elusive trip to Vegas!

Theresa's Fossil Purse and packing list

* Fossil purse
* Wallet, keys
* Phone charge and iPhone
* Travel journal and pen
* Instax instant camera
* Vapur water bottle
* Shewee
* Travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
* Face wipes (I removed how many I would need and put them in a plastic baggie)
* Deodorant
* Makeup (pressed powder, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick)
* Lip balm
* Nail file
* Contacts, saline, and glasses
* Oil blotting sheets

Theresa’s Outfit

The most important part of the equation for Theresa was the outfit she chose, pictured below without the purse, jacket, and scarf.

Theresa Christine

* A Betsey Johnson dress
* Tights
* Booties
* Sunglasses
* A pair of cat earrings (for fun)
* Jacket
* Scarf

Links of Interest

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And, head over to Episode 2 while you’re here!

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Esoterica says

    Hi Brooke– I would really like the information in these podcasts but do not have time to listen to them– any way you could provide transcripts? It takes much less time to peruse a transcript than listen to the whole thing. Thanks!

    • Brooke says

      Hi Esoterica- Thanks for your interest! At this time, there will be no transcriptions, but maybe in the future. Could you listen to it while you do something else, like the dishes 😉

  2. zoe says

    I love the idea of going somewhere for a weekend with zero luggage, but I’d be so chicken to actually do it – knowing me I’d spill red wine or tomato sauce all over my clothes in the first 10 minutes!

    • Brooke says

      I really LOVE this idea, too. I guess the question is… “What would you do if you did spill wine or sauce on your outfit?” Head off to the shops and buy a new top real quick? Not too terrible… what do you think?

  3. Isabelle says

    This is me. Over time I have become a super duper minimal packer. It’s always a challenge to pack smaller! I could do this trip with my purse tied behind my back. My thing would be a few pairs of undies. My bugaboo. I can get by without other clothes too but those dumb toiletries!! Maybe getting Lasik would help our packing. Also, I want a Sheewee!!! LOL!!! Maybe a Tide pen for those stain-a-phobes. I’m a chic slob so that wouldn’t bother me. Challenge accepted.

  4. Sara says

    One thing that is never mentioned is sleepware. I get very cold at night and can’t sleep nekkid, moreover there are times one has to share a room or walk down the corridor for middle of night pit stop.

    So I always seem to have to pack some jammies which are often bulky.

    What do others do?

    • Brooke says

      I usually wear a tank and either some leggings or some small sleep shorts. If I’m sharing a space, I always have a top/jacket/scarf handy as extra cover-up if I have to get up out of bed. If it’s cold, I’ll just wear my jacket to bed!

  5. Kelsey says

    After .listening to this podcast and reading the Salon article, I am dying to do this! Though I have to admit I’d probably succumb to the urge to shop for another outfit if my trip was longer than 3 days.

    • Brooke says

      I know, RIGHT! I really really want to do this. Even if you did end up buying another outfit, it would be a great experience up until then getting to feel this much… freedom. Freedom from things. And maybe you’d end up buying another outfit, or maybe you’d be like, well it’s ok if I don’t have a full suitcase of stuff.

  6. Kate Florio says

    I went on a 10 week trip, to India, with only 10 pounds…total!
    I had everything I needed and I felt very free,!

  7. Cat says

    Did I miss something in this article? The same outfit for the whole weekend? No clean underwear, bra or clothing?

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