More Packing, with breakdown

Hanni asked to see a breakdown of how things were packed and what the final size of the bags were. Here are some more comprehensive pictures than the last one. First, everything I’m taking including clothes and a few additions:

From the top left:

  1. One navy jacket, three dress shirts — purple, orange plaid, pink/green plaid. (Hanging in back.)
  2. 8 pairs underwear.
  3. 8 pairs socks.
  4. DIR-855 wifi router.
  5. Withings wifi scale.
  6. Dress shoes, with two ties on top.
  7. Dress belt.
  8. Tumi watch travel case, with three watches inside.
  9. Vonage router.
  10. Four books that aren’t on the Kindle, that I’d like to read:
    1. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.
    2. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character), Richard P. Feynman.
    3. The Fruit, the Tree, the Serpent: Why We See So Well, Lynne A. Isbell.
    4. Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology, Kabir Sehgal.
  11. D3S camera charger, with retractable power cord.
  12. Beard trimmer.
  13. Extra Rembrandt no-SLS (canker sore) toothpaste, because it’s hard to find.
  14. Travel toiletries.
  15. Laptop stand, keyboard, mouse. (Basically this with a better mouse.) All on Logitech’s new Unify radio.
  16. Two jeans, shorts, bathing suit.
  17. Nikon D3S.
  18. Extra laptop charger.
  19. Fun sneakers.
  20. Flip-flops.
  21. Two short-sleeve button downs, four long-sleeve button downs, one polo shirt.

Here is what was left over after I packed the first bag:

So I started a second bag. The hardest thing to pack was the scale, which is too big. I also decided to wear the sneakers and pack some small boots instead, since the sneakers are easier to slip on and off in the airport. Here are the two bags fully packed: (Do they look familiar?)

The only things pictured that isn’t in those two are the dress shirts and jackets, which I’m going to send separately because thy’re not urgent and didn’t want to stuff them in. All in all, including what I’m wearing, I’ll have all the tech essentials from home, about nine days worth of regular clothes with about thirty permutations, a few dress things for a wedding I’m attending (Anthony’s!) and the nicer evenings out with six permutations, three pairs of shoes: dress, leather boots, and crazy sneakers. With the jacket I’ll wear on the plane will be comfortable into the low sixties and can dress down up to the nineties. There is probably something I’ll run into that I forgot, but can always go shopping there if there’s something urgent. (But probably won’t be.)

If I had to cut, would take out the scale, wifi router, dead tree books, and Vonage. If I had no formal events could take out all the formal wear, shoes, ties, and belt.

The one thing I’m anticipating is at least one more pair of sneakers, to vary more. I’m also going to need a way to print while there, but there’ll probably be a business center or Kinko’s nearby.

My tech backpack is way more interesting and optimized, but that’s a topic for a different post. πŸ™‚

Published by Matt

In 2002 I started contributing to Open Source software, and life has just gotten better from there. Co-founder of WordPress, founder Automattic.

34 thoughts on “More Packing, with breakdown

    1. It’s not that practical, it’s just an indulgence. I have one sports/diving watch (a Panerai) that’s pretty indestructible, the three in the roll could all be called dress watches, they’re just different styles and colors and I wear them out normally.


      1. Nice watches can be practical! I practically have Sarah convinced that I need a real nice GMT watch so I don’t miss WordPress meetings. πŸ˜€


  1. Interesting to see the Withings scale in the mix there.

    Not something I would expect someone to travel with – although I now know how addictive they are after getting one recently.


    1. I would usually never travel with that, but because I’ll be there so long and I don’t want to lose the data of my daily weigh-ins. In hindsight, I probably should have just mailed it.


  2. I am headed to Montreal for the summer as well! I will be in Montreal from July 7th through the end of August with my roommate. We are just subletting a place and I am working remotely. I need a small break from Omaha.


  3. Pretty simple gear set. there’s nothing that you can’t get on St Catherine, St Denis and St Laurent to be quite honest.

    How about a french phrase book?


  4. Hey Matt!
    Montreal is the most secure place is the world :P. I’m a Montrealer, and it is the best period to be here. Plenty of festivals, people, food, and activities. You’ll have a blast. What do you like to do?


    1. I’m pretty sure he travels with underwear too. πŸ™‚ I think the idea is if you forget anything you can buy it on site. Or don’t try to pack for every contingency because you can always get stuff there. But you generally need underwear every time. It’d be a waste of time to do that for every single item you could travel with.


  5. tabernak, calice, ostie: some swear words to use to feel part of Quebec culture. especially useful during a montreal canadiens game and at the bar.

    by the way, a cool bar that i went to last time i was there for a friends wedding: dominion sq tavern at 1234 metcalfe below st. catherine. it’s very cool old ‘style’ pub with GREAT food and good old-school cocktails. trust me, you’ll like it.


  6. You’re an excellent packer!

    The Name of the Rose is an excellent book. I loved it. Umberto Eco’s other books, though, I found too philosophically dense.


  7. A little late, but this made me chuckle. My version of packing: passport, medicare card (yey universal healthcare), driver’s license. Done and done. πŸ˜€ The rest is just a luxury.


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