Pack more by packing less: I’ve recently become a big fan of this.
In case you’re not up-to-date on my travels, I’m currently on a three-month backpacking trip around Europe. When planning for this trip, I had resolved to go carry-on only. And, of course, this meant that I needed to pack light and bring only the essentials.
Clothing, though, for me, was one of the trickiest parts to narrow down.
Maybe because this was going to be my first backpacking adventure. Maybe because this would be my first solo trip. Or maybe because it was just my first attempt to pack light.
Rewind backwards a few years, and you’d find me always being an overpacker. I remember clearly there was this one weekend trip to Tobermory, Canada where I had laid out seven completely separate outfits and had then proceeded to pack it all for a three-day trip.
Yes, I was strange.
But in my defence, I wanted to able to dress for different activities throughout the day, something sporty for active hikes when the sun was out, something a bit more stylish for dinners and activities in the evening, you get the picture.
And ok, I’ll admit it, I also wanted to have different outfits for photos.
But I digress.
This overpacking wouldn’t be an option for my three-month backpacking trip across Europe. Packing light was the only, and quite daunting, option. And so I started looking into versatile travel clothing.
In the end? I did it! I was able to fit everything I was going to bring on my trip into my Osprey Farpoint 40 L carry-on backpack.
I’m currently almost halfway through my three-month jaunt through Europe and I’m really happy with how I’ve packed (even though, of course, there are a few items I’ve never touched and wish I hadn’t brought). Overall, though, I’ve felt super prepared, comfortable, and/or stylish for all activities with my limited carry-on wardrobe. Versatile travel clothing has been super helpful in accomplishing this.
Anywhere Apparel Reversible Transfer Top
The Anywhere Apparel Reversible Transfer Top has been one of the best tops during my travels in Europe.
It’s been great as a stand-alone top for both daytime adventures and evenings out, as well as amazing for layering to achieve different looks. Probably my favourite thing about the top though is that I can wear it a lot and yet somehow, it still smells good!
The Reversible Transfer Top is made of an anti-microbial material which is what makes it so odour-resistant. I decided to get the top in the Glacier Ice/Charcoal style. It also comes in an Ocean Blue/Grey style. The Glacier Ice side (off-white) is made from a bamboo blend while the Charcoal side is a super soft, moisture-wicking fabric. The Anywhere Apparel site advertises the Glacier Ice as the more casual side and the Charcoal as a fancier side, and I’ve worn the top in more or less the same way.