I went on a 11 day trip across the country with only a a moderately-sized backpack and I managed to pack a spare bag, an umbrella and a pair of shoes. Literally just haven't bought a luggage space and forced myself along with it.
said I did unconsciously. 90% of my clothes are black so I went with a distinct color scheme of black + red tartan. Put the bulkiest stuff on (it was still early spring where I lived so those things were not in the backpack but on my person).
Making a list is really important so you don't forget anything, but also don't be afraid to cross things off that list. Seeing all the things listed will help you gauge if you're overpacking.
Pack multipurpose products, clothes you can wear more than once/with more looks than one. Also something that won't wrinkle that much if you're unsure you will have an iron wherever you're staying.
My only issue was packing the things I bought, but honestly, not having luggage greatly cut my spending on the trip and allowed me to take more time with experiences like museums and concerts and not shopping malls for the same money. Haven't brought any worthless souvenirs back, only minimal stuff I totally can't get anywhere else but that city.
Travelling light is honestly incredible and I would absolutely do it again and advise it to others. Not fretting over the safety of your luggage, checking it in, claiming it, no lugging it across crowded airports and commute, no making a massive mess wherever you're staying because you brought so much shit and certainly no shame in "it took up so much space and weighed so much but I never used it so why did I even bother packing it".
As for my own list, the main bulk of my backpack was clothing - 4 tops, 1 skirt, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of comfortable flats, an umbrella, a light windbreaker, a small over the shoulder bag (with a foldable reusable bag in case I needed to carry anything big), 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of panties and 2 pairs of sheer tights. On myself I was wearing a heavier coat, jeans, hoodie and the more bulkier boots. I would have honestly done fine with not packing spair pants.
I handwashed whatever got dirty immidiately the day I took it off so I never ran out of clothes.
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