Here’s how to pack light. Real light. So you can move fast ‘n easy. Check out our stash of custom lists for the adventures at hand:
trekking in cool climes
Riding the Rails
a European excursion
Meanwhile, a few packing mantras:
- Shed as you go: Bring old clothes you can leave behind, or t-shirts you can trade.
- Come bearing gifts: Take a small item or two for friends you meet along the way. Nothing fancy — tokens like postcards, soap and vitamins are gratefully received in many parts.
- Duct tape rules: Use it for everything from repairing a hole in your pack to fending off blisters. Wrap a bit around the bottom of your water bottle for easy transport.
- Hone your packing list: It’s some kind of cosmic road rule that you’ll forget something essential. After each trip, cross off the junk you didn’t need and add the one thing you wish you had.
- Bring photos of your homeys/post cards of home: People like to see the people and places you come from.
- BYO Gyno Items: Take along your fave condoms, tampons and the like — they can be tough or $$$ to pick up on the road.
- Rinse ‘n Go: With a little detergent, your select duds can go a long way.
- Copy Key Docs: Stash photocopies of your passport, credit card, phone card and other essentials — at home and in your bag.
- Be aware of how the people in the country you’re visiting might perceive you: i.e. no matter what kinda hardcore feminist you are, in Pakistan, you cover up these days.
- Do Your Own Special Thang: Tuck in a talisman, a sketchpad, a recorder — a little something that allows you to be part of the place/connect in your own way.