Ultralight 12L Handbag Packing List

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.

In an ideal world, I would have packed less black. If I had known all of these items were to be on one packing list, I would have done a couple of them differently.

Minimalist Travel Wardrobe

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

Minimalist Travel Shoes

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.


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


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

Teeccino Herbal Coffee Bags: I tried this whole no caffeine thing for a while, so I brought my coffee alternative with me to rotate between the occasional real thing.


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