The No Baggage Challenge

Travel writer Rolf Potts is kicking off a six week trip around the world and he’s not taking a single piece of luggage. In fact, he’s not taking a bag of any kind, instead stuffing what he needs in his ScotteVest tropical jacket and cargo pants. Both of these garments are excellent for trips of any length.

I’ve tried to pack lightly in the past, but I always get caught up bringing too much crap ‘just in case’ of something. For example, when I went to India during the holiday season last year I brought more than a bagful of computers and electronics. During the month I was there I used my HP Envy 13 exclusively and I never even opened my MacBook Pro, which I’d brought along as backup and in case I wanted to edit video. I brought a suit, dress shoes and a few dress shirts to Italy two years ago on a trip with my wife in case we wanted to go out to fancy dinners or shows. I ended up wearing the same two pairs of cargo shorts and sandals for almost the entire trip.

I’m going to keep an eye on Rolf’s videos and blog posts for the next several weeks. Hopefully he’ll inspire me to pack a little lighter on my next trip. He has a cameraman following him, who is permitted to bring a backpack stuffed with a video gear. I could see myself ditching a bulky suitcase, but I wouldn’t be caught dead on a trip around the world without my pro my DSLR and lenses. They do get in the way sometimes, but it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make.

You can follow Rolf’s adventure at