Elin Larsson travels 180 days a year for work and when she’s got time off, she spends most of it outside walking on some mountain ridge, trail running or surfing cold waves. A nomadic life that makes her a true packing pro. Here are Elin’s best packing tips for the summer.
Hey Elin! How do I pack like a pilot?
– I travel about 180 days a year one week at the time and before I leave I never know where I will go. Honestly speaking, it’s quite difficult to pack when you don’t know if you’re going to Svalbard or Morocco! I plan my packing carefully and pack classic garments of high quality that work for as many situations as possible. Since traveling is such a great part of my life, I have found packable alternatives to the most important stuff, such as a fully charged e-reader instead of books. When I travel for work, I always bring a pair of trainers. The requirement is that they work both for running, trekking, and to wear as sneakers together with a pair of jeans in the city. I also always bring a resistance band so that I can turn any beach or hotel room into a gym. It weighs nothing and take absolutely no space. And a small bottle of SFP 50 of course!
What mistakes should we avoid when packing?
– Bringing too much! Especially if you are packing a backpack that you will be carrying yourself. It is never worth carrying around too much stuff, take away everything unnecessary. Your packing will never be perfect no matter how much you bring. If you are going on an expedition or something you have never done before where it is essential to get the packing right, there are many great packing lists online. Better learn from someone else’s mistakes.
How do you pack for your adventures?
– I try to think that either I will be warm and want a thin t-shirt, preferably in merino wool, or I’ll be cold and want an insulation jacket, or if it is windy or raining I will want protection from a shell jacket. Then I skip pretty much everything in between. Insulation jacket, shell jacket and t-shirt can be combined in many ways and cover almost all weather conditions and temperatures that you might experience. Again, don’t pack anything unnecessary.