One Bag Ireland Coastal Road Trip

Meet Andy Austin. Andy’s a professional travel photographer and a “lover of the less explored” (so you can see why we’re friends). As anyone who follows him on socials knows, he’s usually off on some epic adventure. From exploring his home state of Montana to dirt biking across Vietnam to trekking Patagonia – he’s traversed all over the globe to over 50 countries as a one bag traveler. 


I’m no stranger to the art of one bagging, but a cold weather trip to Ireland was definitely the perfect place to challenge my skills of minimalism for carrying everything I needed to stay warm plus my camera gear. 



The Trip

Andy and Chelsea road tripped the Irish and Northern Irish coast, starting and ending in Dublin and breaking for pubs, hikes, and seafood. For the itinerary and full list of recommended stops head to Andy’s blog post.

The Gear


The packing list

Clothing 1 button-down dress shirt, 1 button down short sleeve shirt, 3 merino shirts, 1 pair hiking pants, a rain shell, 4 pairs skivies & 4 pairs merino socks, a beanie, and light gloves

Camera & Tech Gear laptop, 5 rolls of film, Mavic 3 Drone with one spare battery and filters, Canon R5, Canon 28-70mm f/2, Canon 16mm f/2.8, 4 spare batteries, Contax T3 Film Camera, Noise Canceling Headphones, Power converter, charger cables, travel tripod

Etc passport, packable duffle (to bring home Irish Whiskey), toiletries (packed in the Pakt waterproof pouch), bolo tie (for a fancy dinner), Black Coffee Instant Coffee (the best), and a water bottle



Tips for one bag travel 

  • Most camera gear was placed into a padded camera cube that was purchased specifically to store in the expansion pocket of the Travel Backpack

  • Wear your heaviest clothing on the plane. I also normally pack a down jacket, but I fully intended to pick up a hand knit Irish sweater so I left that open, which it fit perfectly.

  • For this trip, and most trips to Europe, I tend to bring my heavy winter wool jacket. This may seem counter-productive for minimalist travel, but it’s so versatile and looks classy for strolling the cobblestone streets of Europe.


I’ve carried a lot of one bag solutions in the past and none compare to what Pakt made. I love the clamshell design to keep organized.