above pic: leaving the Philippines with gifts and its mostly my moms
Probably not a good thing to hear.....
but as a traveler it could be physically worse. It gets frustrating dragging all of your stuff to every location, through the train, on the bus and up the stairs. You get the idea....that shit gets heavy! And unless you have the arms of Vishnu then it's almost impossible to carry everything yourself. I am, however, a bit more relaxed on packing If I've been to that location before or I am staying with family or friends at their house. For the most part I pack as if I will have no help with my luggage. No elevators, carts, escalators or nice gentlemen around. It probably stems from one of the first deployments while in the Navy. Due to security reasons our duty van couldn't enter the base so we had to carry everything from our barracks to the front gate ourselves. It was my first deployment and was still amidst figuring out how to pack efficiently and only bring what exactly I needed and not for the zombie apocalypse. After that experience and almost ripping my back muscles apart, I made it my personal mission to pack less, but utilize more. That ignited the fire to search for unique travel bags that I wasn't seeming to find in regular stores.
Not only do I love unique bags, but I am always on the hunt for travel bags with multi faceted capabilities. I have searched forever and for many hours due partly to my picky-ness and love for style. When I traveled through Europe for 34 days I was determined to pack as little as possible, but with the ability to utilize my items many times in many ways. I also didn't want to bring a huge rolling suitcase for purposes of blending in (I like to blend in to my surroundings) and easy maneuverability through unknown terrain.
My final Europe trip outcome were these 2 bags, but coming back was a different story. Ay...I'm working on it, but who doesn't have more stuff coming back? This pic was the ultimate capture of how far I've come. From looking like a diva bag lady to a possible semi- pro college student.
EUROPE / 34 DAYS
My goal of minimal packing was working, but usually with the help of packing aids. For my trip to the Philippines I managed to get over 2 weeks of clothes, shoes & items inside a small hard shell roller suitcase. One great way to organize and maximize space is packing cubes. They zip up easy and allow you to separate your items for seamless packing. I have this germophobe thing where I CANNOT have my shoes touch the rest of my stuff. I mean you walk in restrooms, dirty floors and yeah so no. Another awesome packing aid are compression bags. They are almost more awesome than the cubes minus the wrinkle risk, but really what a Godsend! They are the same compression bags you use at home and with a vacuum, but the travel ones are smaller and are rolled up to remove air.
The travel cubes and compression bags can be found anywhere. Which saves you hair pulling time during your quest for epic organization. And as if these 2 couldn't any better, someone merged them together and made a compression cube offspring. Now that's innovation at it's finest!
I found these beauts right before I left for Europe and wasn't able to get them in time, but now I know for the future. These come from a website called eBags. They carry hundreds of styles and unique multi functional bags, backpacks and luggage. Pretty much they are all things travel and you need to check it out. They are also having a site wide SALE right now for 20% off. This model is the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible and fits perfectly in a bus or airplane overhead bin.
Below is a duffle/backpack hybrid by Eagle Creek called the Load Hauler Expandable.
Another amazing contraption for easy storage and maintaining organization while on the go is the Rise Gear Weekender Travel Bag with Collapsible Shelves and the Rise Gear Roller Travel Bag with Collapsible Shelves
What do you do to cut down on baggage? What travel bag/luggage can you NOT live without?
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