I thought I was ambitious being able to travel to Europe for two weeks with just a single 6-kilogram carry-on, but it looks like someone’s got me beat by a mile.
Travel writer Rolf Potts earlier this year embarked on a six-week, round-the-world journey that took him to 12 countries in 5 continents. Dubbed the “No Baggage Challenge,” the experiment, which was sponsored by multi-pocket jacket manufacturer SCOTTEVEST, was designed specifically to see if it was possible to travel without even a single bag.
His packing list is pretty impressive. I was most curious about his clothes, and for that he pared it down to the bare minimum: an extra T-shirt, two pairs of extra socks, one extra pair of underwear. He took tiny bottles with him for washing his clothes every evening in his room. He kept electronics to a minimum and just took an iPod Touch and a collapsible keyboard. Depending on how much he needed to write, he could’ve probably even done away with the latter.
His secret? His ScottEVest Tropical Jacket. A lot of light travelers wear the ScottEVest jackets because of their 20+ pockets, and Rolf was no exception.
Congratulations to both Rolf and to his sponsor, SCOTTEVEST, for a successful experiment in ultra-light traveling.