Travel gear (less is more!)
During a 5-week trip to Europe a few years ago (age 50+) i watched a couple of young British girls struggling with backpacks - two each if I recall - and thought, 'wow, they really don't get it.' At the airport, leaving Frankfurt, I weighed my carry-on (and only) bag, which included some books I'd bought in Paris - 5.5 kilos.
Over ten years ago we arrived in Australia for five weeks. The friend who met us at the airport said, 'where's the rest of your luggage?'
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I've never seen a travel pack that can match a backpacking pack for comfort. I have trekked some with my Porter and found it comfortable enough. It is true the waistband is not very stout, but most travel packs have none at all. The shoulder straps do have a separate lift point, making it more comfortable on the shoulders. I think it comes down to what you are going to do with the pack. Most backpacking packs are top loaders and you can get any kind of suspension system from adequate to extremely comfortable.
For all you light travelers: What single, carry-on backpack do you use? - Lonely Planet travel forum
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Carried on the Wind: Living Without
A couple months ago a number of families wrote about why they've chosen to live with less. This month our group project was to write about things we've learned to live without. Even though I've been deliberately culling for a long time now, I still feel like we have so much. When I began to think about things we've learned to live with less of, or without, here are a few that came to mind:Two Incomes. When we got married ten years ago, Erik's co-workers assured him we'd never survive on his income alone.
Extreme Car Camping
Disclaimer: I bought this with my own money from a shop! I purchased this little beauty in late summer last year. I've a couple of down jackets that I use for camp use at the end of the day to keep warm in that period after you've stopped walking but before you want to get in the bag or quilt and settle down for the night. They also supplement the bag, or quilt to keep you that bit warmer on chilly nights. The down side side of down is that it's rubbish when it's wet so the jackets tend to stay in a dry bag in the pack during the day unless it's a dry day. For this reason I wanted a synthetic jacket that works (a bit) when wet and dry's quickly, something for use in summer as the down ones are three and four season bits of kit.
Shed Dweller's Moments
Pack Smart and Travel Light by Rick Steves
By Rick Steves The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized, but, for your own good, I'll try. You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: "Every year I pack heavier."
Think in Terms of What You Can Do Without By Rick Steves You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags, “Every year I pack heavier.” The measure of a good traveler is how light she travels. You can’t travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two.
Pack Light and Travel Happy
Packing light used to be a handy skill. These days, it's a necessity. As airlines are crippled by ash clouds, strike action and general financial meltdown, they've had to find alternative ways of making money. Enter 'ancillary revenues', which basically means airlines charging passengers for anything they can get away with.
Packing it all in – a guide to travelling hand-luggage only
What is in your backpack? I think I see an anvil in there. Traveling light is the key to being a “backpacker”. You can spend lots of money and pack everything you might need for every instance or you can be smart about it. A common idea is to take half of what you packed and twice the money you have.
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Perhaps if you are reading this then you are an avid travel blogger and you’re packing a laptop as a gangster packs heat. For those travelers about to embark on a long journey to the great unknown, I have to let you know about why you should invest in one of those wee ten inch laptops before you go. I would refrain from something too flashy and cool as an Ipad. Those are just too desirable for a thief.
Quiet, please! Finding the best ear plugs. - By Ulrich Boser
The first time I used ear plugs, I thought I'd reached nirvana. I was trying to study in my college dorm room while my roommate blasted the Grateful Dead so loudly it would have made Jerry Garcia's ears ring. So I rolled a set of foam plugs between my fingers, pushed them deep into my ears, and—silence. How sweet!
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Zipped baggage is not safe!
Arrivals There's no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes. Thus OneBag.com, a non-commercial Web site that teaches — in exhaustive (exhausting?) detail — the art and science of travelling light.