Here's how I normally buy clothes:
- Find a few things I like and buy them in bulk, cheap or at least on a solid sale on the internet, or
- Go to Ross and embrace the treasure hunt.
Needless to say, this does not produce fashionable results, but more importantly, it means that most of my clothes aren't the most durable or high quality: crazy fashion trends aside, I do think you get what you pay for up to a certain point. So when it came to packing for our year-long round-the-world trip, I knew basically none of my current wardrobe was going to make it into my bag. And that's to say nothing of all the non-clothing items I needed.
To add to the challenge, Gina and I both committed to traveling without checked luggage, meaning we get one big bag and one personal item for all the things we're going to need all year long. Neither of us has any room for bringing much in the way of "optional" items, so we had to cut really really hard.
Now that we've started traveling, I wanted to show you what's in these two very full bags and how I decided what made the cut: