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Recently, I wrote about how making two decisions before any trip I take helps me pack lighter.

Since then, I’ve been receiving reader emails asking for specifics: What’s that shirt in the pictures? Which shoes do I wear? How do I choose what stays and what goes?

As to that last question, my answer is simple: I wear a travel uniform, of sorts. Once I find a piece that suits me perfectly on a trip, I bring it on every similar, subsequent trip. When I’m packing, I grab my established “uniform,” add or subtract an element or two, and call it a day.

Note that this works best when you’re traveling to a similar climate. My uniform for the Mediterranean just wouldn’t be practical for glacier-hopping in Iceland or swishing around Paris. (I know — it’s a struggle.)

As to the specifics, here’s what I always pack. Since I’m getting into detail, the recommended pieces — which, except for the shoes and jacket, are not the exact ones I wear, since my clothes are years-old at this point — are for women, but the concepts apply to anyone looking to pack lighter.

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