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[015] Packing One Bag, Under 10 Pounds, to Costa Rica with Gena Urowsky

Episode 015: Packing One Bag Under 10 Pounds for Costa Rica

The “one bag” part of this interview isn’t what’s impressive. It’s the fact that Gena Urowsky traveled to Costa Rica for nearly 2 weeks with a bag under 10 pounds in weight!

With just a school backpack as luggage, Gena nailed her one bag experiment and takes the time today to share her successes and one small regret on The HPL Podcast.

In this episode, we discuss the following:

  • Gena’s inspiration to travel with just a school backpack for nearly 2 weeks in Costa Rica
  • The difficulties involved with packing under 10 pounds
  • The benefits of packing light as a woman abroad
  • The buy-it-there mindset and what Gena bought abroad
  • Gena’s biggest packing regret on her trip
  • Gena’s best tip for those wanting to have a one bag travel experience but are still apprehensive

Gena’s Inspiration:



Gena Traveling with a School Backpack:

Gena Urowsky Packing Small

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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 planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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