What I Packed For My 3 Week Trip To Puerto Rico

Annika, my wife, travels quite bit by nature of her job. I have been unable to go with her in the past, but when we found out she would be traveling to Puerto Rico for a month, we knew I had to come along. I had two weeks to prepare before I followed her, which was just enough time to figure everything out.

While I was in the early stages of planning, I decided to make this trip with only one bag. Doing this would make traveling easier, and would force me to minimize so I didn't bring a bunch of unnecessary stuff.

In case you weren't aware, there is a pretty big one bag travel community online. With so much information available, it was easy for a novice like me to create a well thought out list.

Below you can find everything I brought for my three week trip to Puerto Rico. Let me know in the comments what you would have done differently!

The Basics

The Bag

In lieu of buying a new bag, I ended up using my hiking pack. It was just big enough to fit everything, and it is specifically designed to work with camera gear. It wasn't an ideal bag, but it worked fine.

- F-stop Satori EXP


The easiest thing to pack was clothing. I knew it would be warm with daily showers, and I planned to do a lot of walking around the city. With this in mind, I tried to pack active gear that is at home in rain or shine. Also, I was able to pack less because there was laundry at the hotel.

- 2x Tank tops, 2x t-shirts, and 2x short-sleeved collared shirts for around the hotel and going out
- 6x Underwear
- 3x Active shorts (can be used for exploring, exercise, and swimming)
- 1x Jeans
- 4x Socks
- Sandels
- Minimal Running shoes
- Packable Rain Jacket


Not pictured, but just as important as anything else! Obviously everyone will pack differently based on their needs, so I won't breakdown what I brought.

Emergency Kit

In the small blue bag I packed a basic first aid and emergency kit. This was for incase I went hiking or exploring less inhabited parts of the island.

- Adhesive bandages
- Gauze and tape
- Alcohol Wipes
- Whistle
- Compass
- Mirror
- Flint and tinder

Personal Gear

I knew I would have a lot of free time while Annika worked, so I brought along plenty to keep me busy. Along with reading materials, I brought stuff for writing, sketching, and more.

- Fjallraven Gear Bag
- Various pens and markers
- Baronfig notebooks for sketching and writing, and a small pocket notebook
- Books: "Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman, "Photography In Contemporary German Art", and "Wabisabi For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers"
- Airpod earbuds
- Sunglasses
- Myna Waterbottle
- Laptop and charger
- Hard drive
- Battery pack for phone
- Homemade daypack for exploring the city

Camera Gear

Now for what I assume you, as the reader of a photography blog, are waiting for. Pulling together my camera gear was the hardest part of packing. In order to have a light and flexible set up, I had to leave behind a number of items I wish I could have brought, like my film camera.

After weeding out single use, and redundant items, I was left with a (fairly) compact kit that would work for almost any situation I encountered.

- Canon M5 Camera and EF-M 22mm f/2
- Extra batteries, charger, and extra SD card
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
- Rokinon EF 50mm f/1.4
- Canon EF to EF-M mount adapter
- Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Sirui K-10x Ballhead
- Filter kit
    - 2 and 3 stop graduated neutral density filters
    - 2, 3, and 9 stop neutral density filters
    - Formatt Hitech 85mm filter holder with 77mm adapter ring, and 58 to 77mm step up ring
    - 77mm Formatt Hitech Firecrest polarizing filter
- Cable release
- USB cable
- L-bracket
- 18% gray lens cloth
- F-stop medium shallow ICU
- (not pictured) Zoom H1n handy recorder, and wind muff

Final Thoughts

I didn't weigh the bag with everything in it, but it was heavy!It barely fit in the overhead compartment on my flights. Im quite happy with everything I brought, but I'm sure I could lighten the load somehow. Well see what I can do the next time I travel! 

In the end this post is only worth anything if you got something out of it, so I hope it has given you some inspiration for your next trip! Have you ever done one bag travel, or would you consider giving it a shot? Let me know in the comments!