What’s in Your Pack, Justin Glow?

I hate to sound like one of those elitist travel snobs (I promise, I’m not), but when I see people lugging around one or more full-size suitcases, I cringe. I just can’t imagine enjoying my time on the road when I have a heavy mess of unnecessary luggage to drag around. I also hate to generalize, because I’m sure there are some times when using a suitcase or three makes more sense than, say, a backpack or a carry-on-sized wheeler, but it’s safe to assume that 90% of suitcase-toters could easily get away with using a piece of luggage half the size. But everyone is different, and I realize that. Which is why I thought it might be interesting to to poll different travelers and ask, “What’s in your pack?”

The image above shows just about everything I pack on a typical trip that lasts a week or longer. (Be sure and click through to read the details.) All of this fits snugly into my 2350 cubic-inch Jansport backpack, with a little room to spare for things I pick up on the road.

Want to show Gadling readers how you pack for the road? Send me an email (justinglow at gmail dot com) with a full description and pictures — similar to what I’ve done here — and we’ll feature it on the site!


Backpack: Jansport Odyssey

  • Capacity: 2350 cu in / 38.5L
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 12 oz. / 1.7 kg
  • Dimensions: 19.5″h x 13.5″w x 12″d

Clothing (1)

  • 6 shirts (wearing one)
  • 2 pants (wearing one)
  • 6 pairs of socks (wearing one)
  • 6 pairs of boxers (wearing one)
  • Flip-flops
  • 1 pair of shoes (wearing)
  • Jacket
  • Mesh packing cube


Toiletries (10)

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/soap


  • Bic lighter
  • Padlock
  • Backpack lock (11)
  • Roll of duct tape (12)
  • Packing cube
  • Rain cover (13)