In this backpack is the sum total of everything I am taking to Europe for 16 days. I don't usually travel with a backpack, but we're renting a nine passenger van that advertises luggage capacity for four bags. With eight of us traveling, I decided to do my part to think small.
When I got it packed I called Randy (the younger) to enumerate what I'm taking and see if there was anything I'd forgotten:
First Aid Kit
7 gifts for French friends
Chargers for phone, camera, Kindle and GPS
Metal water bottle
Walking Tour guidebook for Paris
Re-useable shopping bag
2 pair shoes
Randy: "Mom, all that's in a backpack? What are you wearing everyday -- a bikini?
Me: "Oh, are we supposed to take clothes?"
I'm actually quite proud of myself. I have four outfits (and lots of laundry detergent).