I Traveled for 3 Weeks with a 12L Handbag

My 3 weeks were spent in various parts of the US including Portland, Las Vegas, Chicago, Central Illinois, San Francisco, and 3 days/2 nights on an Amtrak train. The predominant goal of the trip was to visit friends and family across the country, sticking mainly to city travel instead of outdoorsy activities.

I went with the Icebreaker Bliss Wrap, made from 150 weight merino, loose and flowy and perfect for throwing over anything else on my packing list. (I adore this wrap, btw!)

Outer Layer, Lightweight Merino Wrap

My Samsung Galaxy S5 with Otter Box cover was used in place of a laptop and camera.


Conditioner, Facial Moisturizer, Facial Wash, Dr. Bronner’s, Toner, Toothpaste, BB Cream. I used a combination of Nalgene bottles in 1 oz (30ml), 1/2 oz (15ml), and 1/4 oz (8ml) sizes, along with a contact lens case.


I didn’t stay in hostels with communal dorms and showers, so I didn’t need to pack flip-flops.

Minimalist Travel Shoes

My 12L Pacsafe handbag in Lagoon color. This was provided to me by Pacsafe for review, and beyond travel, I plan to use this when I’m toting around my laptop in Sydney.

Packing Gear

Jewelry: 3 pairs of earrings, 1 bracelet, 1 ring. Passport, Drivers License, Bank Cards, Credit Cards


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