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Packing Tips

After months of culling various RTW blogs, I picked up a few tricks and tips that helped me whittle down our lives and wardrobes into a backpack-friendly sizes. We’ll be updating this periodically from the road with more tips. So stay tuned!

Clothes

A black skirt. I always hated those repetitive “go from day to night” stories in women’s fashion magazines, but the mantra is valuable while traveling. To cut down on quantity, I’m bringing a plain black Old Navy skirt to pair with my various daytime tees for night-appropriate outfits. Bonus points for mine, which can be rolled at the waist to vary it from knee-length to shorter.

Jewelry. For women, this is the easiest way to jazz up that T-shirt-skirt ensemble. The chunkier and danglier, the better!

Silk underwear. It dries much faster than cotton. The other option is ExOfficio quick-dry underwear. It has amazing reviews, but the price tag is a bit hefty.

Convertible pants. Convenient for schizophrenic climates, these pants zip off mid-length and turn into shorts. Check out North Face, Eddie Bauer and REI for a selection.

Sarong. It works as a cover-up, a beach or picnic blanket, and as a shawl for chillier nights.

Toiletries

Plastic zip bag for liquids. Those Zip-Locs will eventually tear, so invest in a good-quality TSA-approved-size toiletry bag. We chose this one by Eagle Creek.

Shampoo bars. Lush sells shampoo and conditioner solid bars that fit in slim tins and save toiletry bag space, especially if you’re traveling with only carry-on bags, like we are. It makes me feel like I’m going into space!

Shaving oil. Forget about that aerosol can; shaving oil allegedly lasts much longer and works just as well.

Tech

E-readers. Though many hostels offer book exchanges, I’m more keen to cross off all the books on my to-read list. Plus, e-readers save you from added pounds in your backpack.

Backup camera battery. Handy for when you’re leaving for a day of exploring only to realize your main battery source is totally zapped.

Gigantic SD cards. We got each of our 16GB cards on major discount on Black Friday.

Backpack

Front-loading. This means the backpack opens up like a suitcase, instead of just from the top. It’ll be much easier to get exactly what you need from your pack when you can see its contents in full. Reaching down into a top-loading backpack can be annoying and time-consuming.


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