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21. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Quoting Peter

I've travelled with carry-on only with not much trouble at all actually. For months at a time, my wife and I made our way around with a small backpack and a roll-on suitcase and maybe a handbag or two. That included a laptop, camera and enough underwear for a week. And it still felt light enough not to be a burden. I'm all for cutting down, but once I hit a good level, I'm also happy to not continue culling. I prefer to have enough clean clothes to last about a week - washing happens every day or so, but it sometimes takes a while to dry things. Main tips to keep things under control though

  • Don't take a big towel
  • Don't take a guidebook that covers all of Europe for example - cut the relevant pages out if you need to. Or print them off from TP's guide and add your own notes :) Or download them onto your iPod or whatever. That's a good way that technology can help you save space too.
  • Keep your bathroom bag minimal - seems to really take up a lot of space if it gets out of control
  • Take stuff to do your washing regularly (that's the no.1 most important thing really)

Adri, my packing list would not be much different to yours if I was travelling between climates and was a female. Only thing is I might leave out some of the wintery stuff and just buy them in the country just before going there. I'd rather have a few extra clean t-shirts when I'm in a warm place and a few extra sweaters in a cold climate. Winter clothes just seem to take up a lot more space.

Which also highlights the fact that it is much easier to pack light if you are travelling in summer or to somewhere warm.

Thanks Peter and I agree with all that your saying. Ive found I can shove my main Jacket in the backpack as well and its not so bad and leaves my hands free. I so agree about cutting out the revelent pages of a guide book thats so important. I guess ive just learned that after all these years its important to travel with the exact things that one needs. I dont fancy freezing on any mode of transportation that I use in any country. I learned that lesson many years ago and hope to pass it along to others. I dont take a sleeping bag or pad or any of that but a silk sleep sheet that keeps me warm and takes up so little room its rediculous is appreated on a freezing bus in the middle of the night. Ive also learned to always take a head scarf and in one particular case it doubled as a veil that I put across my face. I also travel with a black dress that if I put my hoodie on under it can cover my arms all the way down to my wrists and the Dress also goes to just above my ankles. I can wear pants underneathe that if needed and with boots and socks im modest and then throw a scarf on and travel in many Middle eastern countries or if I want to enter certan churches that require head coverings and dresses to visit them in other countries. I also have traveled in small villiages in Eastern Europe that its just more comfortable to have a skirt or a dress on. Its just a good sign of respect and also blends me in a bit more. Im not thier to shock the locals or offend them. I work to be respectfull. But anyway I do take the heat and the cold items and travel with them because I travel so much. I also know taking a small mini laptop has saved me heaps of money at Hostels and boy thats always a great thing :)

Warmly,

Adri

22. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

It seems there's a 'business/holiday light' with accomodation playing the biggest part in packing. Arriving at a hostel/hotel and then roaming the area for a few days can afford those little 'extras' that would be out of the question if constantly on the move.

I'm aiming for 'smart vagrancy light' and I think I'm nearly there.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2010, at 12:45 by fabyomama ]

23. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

[quote=fabyomama]It seems there's a 'business/holiday light' with accomodation playing the biggest part in packing. Arriving at a hostel/hotel and then roaming the area for a few days can afford those little 'extras' that would be out of the question if constantly on the move.

I'm aiming for 'smart vagrancy light' and I think I'm nearly there. [/quote

I understand what your saying but are you also keeping in mind traveling through both hot and cold weather climates? What about a little comfort? Thier's vagrency light and then thier is being so cold your teeth are chattering on a bus that has no heat high in the mountains as an example of one of many. I can go down to 2 pr of pants. But as far as shirts and the other stuff its good to be prepared for extreme heat to extreme cold :)

Adri :)

24. Posted by arodasi (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Quoting Adri204

[quote=fabyomama]It seems there's a 'business/holiday light' with accomodation playing the biggest part in packing. Arriving at a hostel/hotel and then roaming the area for a few days can afford those little 'extras' that would be out of the question if constantly on the move.

I'm aiming for 'smart vagrancy light' and I think I'm nearly there. [/quote

I understand what your saying but are you also keeping in mind traveling through both hot and cold weather climates? What about a little comfort? Thier's vagrency light and then thier is being so cold your teeth are chattering on a bus that has no heat high in the mountains as an example of one of many. I can go down to 2 pr of pants. But as far as shirts and the other stuff its good to be prepared for extreme heat to extreme cold :)

Adri :)

As much as it is for the colder moments, like a night-trip in a bus in the Andes.
Think i will try to buy any kind of blanket over there, and use it meanwhile i am in that area.
Getting rid of it as soon as i reach warmer areas.
Even so on clothing. Remember, everything is everywhere for sale!

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jan-2010, at 23:23 by arodasi ]

25. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Quoting arodasi

Quoting Adri204

[quote=fabyomama]It seems there's a 'business/holiday light' with accomodation playing the biggest part in packing. Arriving at a hostel/hotel and then roaming the area for a few days can afford those little 'extras' that would be out of the question if constantly on the move.

I'm aiming for 'smart vagrancy light' and I think I'm nearly there. [/quote

I understand what your saying but are you also keeping in mind traveling through both hot and cold weather climates? What about a little comfort? Thier's vagrency light and then thier is being so cold your teeth are chattering on a bus that has no heat high in the mountains as an example of one of many. I can go down to 2 pr of pants. But as far as shirts and the other stuff its good to be prepared for extreme heat to extreme cold :)

Adri :)

As much as it is for the colder moments, like a night-trip in a bus in the Andes.
Think i will try to buy any kind of blanket over there, and use it meanwhile i am in that area.
Getting rid of it as soon as i reach warmer areas.
Even so on clothing. Remember, everything is everywhere for sale!

The thing is ive learned that the blankets and even the clothes are availible anywhere. I just love having that blanket availible when I need it. I also get rid of clothes and buy clothes as needed. A silk sheet takes up so little room and its sewed and many a time that has keep my feet warm on buses and trains with little to no heat. A blanket can also have multiple uses put a hole in it and suddenly you have a pancho and also keep in mind some items can be traded back and forth which is a great help. I to have the idea that minimal is better but freezing in the middle of the night high in the mountains and being cold is not my idea of travel fun. I can use my silk sheet and then put a blanket over and a travel pillow takes up so little room as well and all the sudden im comfy.

One time I remember taking the ferry from Wales to Ireland and the Ferry wasent exactly warm lol. I laid on a seat and streched out. I put my sleep sheet on and my blanket over me and put my pack at my head and had my small travel pillow. I was able to be warm and get several hours of sleep in the middle of the night. Those items took up so little room in my pack but they sure come in handy when needed and are extremly practical for long term travel.

Im glad for this thread and I have learned quite a bit from everyone's point of view and thats always a good thing, Happy traveles :)

Adri

26. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

"... are you also keeping in mind traveling through both hot and cold weather climates?..." - Adri204

I'm English. The weather is always in mind. ;)

27. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Quoting fabyomama

"... are you also keeping in mind traveling through both hot and cold weather climates?..." - Adri204

I'm English. The weather is always in mind. ;)

I hear ya im from Alaska so that heat and cold thing is somthing im well aware of and good luck with your travels,

Adri :)

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