What's In My Backpack?

This week's blog is written by Kaylee, a student, photographer, and traveler based in Austin. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram (@kayleeknightsphoto) and her blog (https://texanonthego.blog/).

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Hey, y'all!

Before, during, and after my solo backpacking trip of 2 months throughout Western Europe, a lot of people were astonished to hear I traveled for 2 months with only 1 backpack. Today I am going to break down for y'all what was in my backpack and how I could travel so light!


Why I love this backpack: Osprey Fairview 40 Travel Pack - Women's

  • Small enough to be a carry-on on the airplane

  • Back support with wire mesh

  • Compression straps on waist and chest for support

  • Shoulder straps and compression straps can zip up to stow easier

  • Front pocket has secure slot for laptop and mesh zipper pouch on top

  • Small pocket in front to store small items

  • Mesh zipper pouch inside backpack

  • Straps that buckle to tighten and compress items inside backpack to fit more and zip backpack closed more easily

  • Handle on top and side for easy transport and carry


These helped me organize stuff inside my backpack:


The key to clothing is to pack very simple items that can be paired with each other in different combinations resulting in various outfits. You want to bring plain colors that can easily combine with another item in your backpack. You can always change up your outfit by adding an accessory such as a headband, scarf, or jewelry. Here is what was in my bag...


  • 3 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve, and 2 workout/ sleep shirts (I did have another short sleeve shirt, but halfway through my trip I got rid of it because I didn't like it very much/ wasn't wearing it a lot. But, I bought another short sleeve at the store that I liked better... pictured later)


  • 2 blue jeans, 1 black jeans, 1 stretchy fitted plaid pants


  • 1 jean short, 2 nike shorts (for workout/ outdoor activity and sleeping), 1 nike pro spandex for under skirts/ dresses


  • Bathing Suit: 1 bikini (& I bought another one on the trip since it didn't take up too much space)

  • Bras: I had 2 normal bras & 2 sports bras

  • Underwear: I had maybe 10 pairs (I wish I would have brought more though so I wasn't forced to do laundry just because my underwear ran out)-->Speaking of laundry, I usually did laundry once a week. A majority of the hostels have at least a washer (most also have a dryer). But if that is something you know you will need during your trip, definitely keep that in mind as you book your hostels.

  • Socks: 7 pairs