For my next travel adventure — which involves jaunting around south-west England for a few weeks before attending the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton — I’ve set myself the challenge of carrying only a 35L backpack (Kathmandu Cane Toad) and a computer bag (my trusty lime green Crumpler Considerable Embarrassment).
I’m pretty sure I can pull it off, but it’s going to require some planning and discipline. Since I revealed my penchant for planning and preparation last week, it will doubtless come as no surprise that I’ve been thinking about my travel wardrobe for the past couple of months.
One of the things I’ve been pondering is which pair(s) of jeans? And how much space do jeans take up really?
So tonight I rolled up three of the possibilities to see how they compared against each other for space.
Left to right we have:
- Loose-fit travel jeans (quick drying, light fabric)
- Denim-look jeggings (ideal for wearing under shift dresses etc)
- Standard ‘skinny jeans’
I’m afraid the photo doesn’t really illustrate the outcome very well. Interestingly, the travel jeans roll up the tightest and are probably lightest as well. There’s less difference between the jeggings and the skinny jeans than I expected, with the jeggings rolling up marginally tighter — and they would certainly be more comfortable to wear as well.
However, there’s probably not enough difference in bulk between all three for this experiment to have a massive influence on my ultimate decision. It will come down to how they balance out with the rest of the wardrobe.
But at least now I know and can stop speculating about the jeans at least. (And, yes, there will definitely be a full trial pack in the not too distant future!)
And here’s another thought on stuffing everything into nothing larger than a 35L backpack: It’s about all any of my fantasy characters would be lugging around with them. And maybe my D&D character too (although she has armour, a shield and weapons… or she did). None of that computer/electrical stuff though. pshaw!
Anyone else think about your travel wardrobe for months beforehand? What’s your take on packing light? Do share any packing tips!