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How to Pack a Travel Pack
As the saying goes, when you’re planning to go a travelin’, bring twice as much money as you think you’ll need and half as much stuff. In our experience, this saying proves true. When staring at your things before a trip, it’s tough to figure out what you’ll really need – which is what makes packing the challenge that it is. When backpacking, determining what’s really needed is crucially important because you don’t want to end up lugging around non-essentials for the entire trip. Here are five tips on getting ready for an upcoming adventure - some we’ve learned the hard way:
- Choose wisely, friends. On the road, your bag is your life. The better it fits your body and the more compact it is, the more pleasant the journey will be. So take the time to get the right fit in a travel pack. There are numerous reasons to purchase a pack specifically for travel: the wide opening, durability, zip-away suspensions and more. Check out Eagle Creek’s Deviate Series for a variety of travel packs, each geared to meet the unique needs and preferences of travelers.
- Organization, simplification and coordination. Making sure your bag is organized before a trip will most definitely save your sanity. We recommend Pack-It™ Sacs, Compression Sacs and Stuffer Sets to keep all your stuff organized in a pack. Pack-It™ Cubes and a well-organized toiletry kit, such as the Quick Trip or Wallaby, are also helpful. When getting ready to pack, first lay out everything you think you’ll need for your trip, take half of what you’ve laid out and organize it in a way that makes sense. And coordination? Color coordinate your clothing so you can mix-and-match your tops and bottoms to give yourself some variety in your wardrobe.
- Throw in a Packable Tote. This is a lifesaver for grocery stores and markets abroad. Many stores around the world require you to BYOB (bring your own bag) so you’ll be glad you did. Plus, it’s ideal to carry souvenirs with you on your way back home.
- Shoes are space hogs. Depending on where you’re going, hiking boots can be substituted for a more backpack friendly pair of walking shoes. We suggest packing a pair which are versatile and functional and throwing in flip flops for good measure. These will serve as shower shoes in some less desirable hostels and are a great break for your toes at the end of the day. Try to keep your shoe collection to two pairs, three max depending on your planned itinerary.
- Security is your friend. Locks and under-clothing solutions, such as a money belt or neck wallet, give you peace of mind when exploring new places. Remember to get a couple of locks to help keep your bag secure when it’s out of sight. Try our TSA Friendly locks for ease in airline travel and our Undercover™ Money Belt to keep your money and Passport close.
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