Lately, even stripping travel down to the bare minimum, i.e. backpacking, has gotten lost in the piles of gear and tech out there (see this article on flashpacking). Over at Vagabondish, they bring true “backpacking” ideals back to the forefront with four tips that will make you rethink that extra pair of underwear you stuffed in your carryon.
Find out what “essential” really is. You’d be surprised at how little you need to get by. Laptop, camera, and two changes of clothes… done.
If you can find it there, buy it there. Things like extra batteries, or extra anything can be left at home. Odds are, if you need them, you can buy them where ever you are.
A good carry on bag is priceless. If you’re really good, it’s all you need.
Consolidate your entertainment by going digital. Cd’s, novels, and DVD’s don’t stand a chance against their digital counterparts in terms of space and weight.
In my case, I would say three out of four isn’t too bad and I would often catagorize myself as a backpacker. The thing is… I rather enjoy the feel of fresh undies on day eleven of a trip.
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