OneBag - 10 Days in Southern Spain (Fall)

This was my first extended trip with the GoRuck GR1 26L Shooter as my OneBag. At about 5lbs, it is overweight, but also overbuilt, which I love. All of this fit in the GR1 with enough room to spare to bring back two kilos of my brother’s favorite Spanish Muesli and lunch and snacks for the trip home. When i initially packed, it was so empty that i grabbed the Switch on the way out the door to the airport.  I could probably fit all of this in the 21L but then it would most likely be stuffed and no room to spare (for example a third lens on most other trips).

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  1. Zpacks UL zipper pouch for cables and chargers
  2. YNOT Deploy packable day bag  
  3. 12.9” iPad Pro  (2018) with cheap leather case that has great positioning options
  4. iPhone XS Max with clear case
  5. Sirui 3T-35K Portable, extendable tripod with tilt head
  6. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Medium Drawstring Dyneema bag
  7. Nintendo Switch
  8. Magpul Horizontal Wallet (The Best UL Wallet)
  9. Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 in a cheap Amazon Neoprene lens sleeve
  10. Our Int’l First Aid Kit in Zpacks Phone Zipper Pouch
  11. Anker 13k
  12. AirPods in Leather case
  13. Inners Bag -Socks, Shirts, Underwear in Eagle Creek Compression Cube
  14. Outters Bag - T-Shirt, Shorts, Dress Shirt in Eagle Creek Medium
  15. Sony A7RIII w/ Rokinon 35mm f2.8 and v4 Peak Design dongles
  16. Vapur 1L Water Bottle (The Best Travel Water Bottle) 
  17. Dopp Kit - Magpul Small Pouch (The Best UL Dopp Kit)
  18. Seat Bag - Bose QC35 Headphones in Zpacks Waist Pack with Inflatable Neck PIllow attached
  19. Merino Wool Buff (Grey) (The Best Travel Accessory)
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Minimal Dopp Kit

Your toiletries kit for traveling is one of the easiest places to start when minimizing your travel gear.  The containers you use in your house are obviously bigger and contain more product then you need for a few days or even two weeks on the road.

The quickest way is to just buy the same product you use at home, but the small travel - size version. If they don’t sell them in travel size, buy smaller tubes online. 


It’s not very minimalist of me, but I keep this kit packed at the bottom of my bathroom drawer, then it is always ready when I need it. This also serves as a way to keep me from using these specially – sized items at home.

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For eight years and over 100,000 miles I used this cheap, clear, probably - from - target - ages - ago, zipper case. It worked great, and was pretty thin for slipping in and out of my bag before security.  

As I continued to pare down my kit, I was only filling about half of this case.  When looking for a new case, I considered the important features of a toiletry pouch. Ideally it would be waterproof and also extremely thin so it can be accessed quickly in the airport. Plus, not take up a lot of bathroom counter space. 

 Behold:

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[Magpul Zipper Pouch - Small] 

 

 The edges are welded seams and taper down to a flat corner. This makes it easy to slide into an exterior bag pocket. It’s waterproof, but not submersible. It can be hung up with a small clip. And it fits all of my items inside with almost no room to spare.

 

Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Hair Mold
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Lactaid Medicine (since moved to our small Med Bag)
  • Restful Legs (For when RLS hits right at bedtime)
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Bonus Uber-Specialty Item: ridiculously small toothpaste tubes from Japan. When we went to Japan and stayed in their awesome, tiny hotel rooms, I found these great tubes of toothpaste. I grabbed them where ever I could and brought them home, probably six or seven tubes. I’ve now continued to use these for my travel kit. (I may have to source these myself when they run out.)

Baja California, Mexico // No. 4

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Our trip up the east coast was totally different from the west. More dirt roads. More dry river crossings (read: you will catch air if you don’t slow down). More glimpses of the ocean. We quickly stopped at Bahia de Los Angeles for one night. Antonio, the camp owner was the sweetest man who was so excited to see Winston because his daughter up in Ensenada has a pug too. His camp had the cool stone palapas too. A change from the palm woven palaces. We wanted to take a dirt road shortcut which happened to be part of the Baja 1000 route! Super cool. That road turned into another “more improved” dirt road. The Mex 5. Anyone who takes the Mex 5 is going to drive right by Coco’s Corner. Coco (an ex crop duster, who no longer has his legs) has taken this spot of desert and turned it into quite the pit stop. Rumor is you can see it from space…… Old trailers, toilets, tv’s, and aluminum cans are placed in strategically decorative places. Bras and panties hang from the ceiling of his porch. Cold drinks are ready to be purchased and stories from the road are meant to be shared. It was the perfect spot to stop after traveling the dirt road for a while. We made lunch at Gonzaga Bay (which has the NICEST pit toilets we had seen, by the way). We debated staying there for the night, but ended up pushing on for San Felipe. We’d heard the Baja 250 was happening up there and thought it way be worth checking out. This was kind of a mistake. It was cool to see the rigs, but the crowds were insane. A few too many sunburned necks ;) if you catch my drift. And monster energy drinks. And alcohol. All of the campgrounds were full near town so we drove a few miles back the other way and found an empty palapa down a hilly beach that wasn’t taken. The sand was sooooo deep! We cooked the Trigger fish we’d purchased from the guys who drive along the beaches selling goods (fruits, vegetables, water, blankets, fish, etc), and settled in for our last night in Mexico. Fireworks, and noisy engines, and cop sirens (catching the speeders) were the sounds that lulled us to sleep that night. Jesse had to gun it to get the truck up the sandy hill onto the road the next morning, one last ode to the Baja. We had to drive into the heart of town again for gas which was a nightmare, trying to weave in and out of the bumper to bumper traffic. In all honesty it probably wasn’t that chaotic, but after two weeks of quiet beaches and sleepy fishing towns, it was kind of a shock to the system to be in all of the commotion! 

Within a few hours we had crossed back over the border which was a slower, but painless, process. 

Now it’s on to planning the next adventure!

Destination: unknown.

Baja California, Mexico // No. 3

There was one other beach we knew we wanted to check out on this trip, Requeson. It was beautiful. Different than Coyote, but beautiful. We had a bit more room to spread out. The beach was even more shallow. The palapas more available. When the tide is out, a sandbar is revealed connecting to a small island. The wind had picked up and that made it a little miserable, but we took the time to just chill out and enjoy the view. The pit toilets left much to be desired (both at Requeson and Coyote) but the beach was clean. Winston even braved the shallow waters all on his own. The stars were showing off one night so we sat outside just taking it all in. The moon began to rise over the horizon, looking more like a sunrise. It was magical. 

On our way out of Concepcion, we stopped in Mulege one more time for quick wi-fi fix and a stop at Marios for more fish tacos. Oh man. Those fish tacos. Best we had.

Baja California, Mexico // No. 2

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We were finally making our way to the bay side of the peninsula, where the beaches are unrivaled. Along the way we stopped in Rosalia, which I LOVED. It was vibrant. Full of life. Colorful. Busy. We grabbed a few treats from the famous french bakery, stopped at the prefab church designed by Eiffel himself (as in the Eiffel Tower) where a beautiful choir was singing during a church service, and wandered the streets. I loved the colorful buildings and town square complete with gazebos and trees bursting with purple flowers. 

After a few more hours, we caught a glimpse of our first Concepcion beach. It. Did. Not. Disappoint. The aqua blue water and white sand needed no filter. Coyote Beach had been on our radar, so we continued on just a bit farther. Just as we suspected, the beach was full of massive RV’s driven by snowbirds. Snowbirds are retired couples who head south during the winter months, then head back up in the springtime to plant their gardens. We were worried there wouldn’t be room for us, but luck was on our side and we squeezed right in between a palapa and a huge palm tree. Shade, privacy, and the ridiculously beautiful beach just 15 feet from our door. We had two beautiful days there, exploring the beach, shuffling our feet in the sand to avoid the stingrays, making friends with the snowbirds, and doing yoga on the beach with Lulu (a yoga instructor living down there indefinitely). It took us a minute to learn how to just relax, we’re not used to slowing down. The weather was perfect. Slight wind. Low 80’s. Winston even tried out his life jacket for the first time. Didn’t love it, but we’ll work on that.