Packing Up A Storm

In my head, at any rate!

When I traveled to Peru, I travelled carry-on only. I had a Rick Steves bag that could be used as a backpack or duffel :

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AND used a small Osprey backpack as my purse/pack for the Inca trail.

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I ended up checking my bag on the way home because I packed it super heavy with souvenirs and was tired of lugging the fucking thing around with me. All in all I think I did pretty good. Especially when you consider that I had to pack for all types of weather AND camping/trekking.

This time, I have to pack even lighter because of the small bush planes I’ll be on and while just the thought of that is  challenging, I’m really eager to see just how light I can go. I feel all brave bring the bare minimum,leaving things to chance and I HATE, HATE,HATE carrying stuff around with me. So this will be good!

Plus, I practice what I preach!

I found this bag at Ikea on the weekend.

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It’s a duffel bag that Ikea claims can be used as a backpack which is a lie. It can be slung over ones body, cross body style but it aint no backpack. I bought it anyway because I’m pretty sure it’ll meet the size requirements of the smallest plane I’ll be on. Plus its soft-bodied so I can really squish it into tight places if I need to.

Now I still need a back pack for the safari/hiking/airport/city navigating. It has to be small enough to be mistaken for a personal item, neutral or at least natural in colour AND hold 2 litres of water. I found this bag from MEC:

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and then bought a platypus thingy for water. A fellow customer in the store says she has one and she loves it, took it all across the world with her and it held up and was comfortable the whole time. I like the bag, it is comfy and I think it’ll be good for travelling through airports and the like. I’m not sure how it will hold up with 5 lbs of water in it. Or rather, how *I* will hold up with 5 lbs of water in it, slung off one shoulder. I aim to find out today on my walk to work. If it doesn’t work, I’ll figure something else out. The bag was cheap enough so that’s not a problem. The real problem is colour. Most of the backpacks are bright and garish so when one is lost in the woods, one is visible. On safari, one wants to blend in. Finding a colour I’ll be happy with is proving to be a bit of a problem! I’ve read some accounts that say colour doesn’t really matter and others that say, it really does. I don’t know, I’m not an animal being gawked at by tourists but I do know I’d rather blend in to the landscape than stand out, regardless, so that’s what I’m going with.

I’m going to be the Queen of Bag by the time I’m done. Ridiculous!

I love my little Osprey bag, in case you’re wondering. It fits up snug against me and even crammed full, feels light and comfortable. It’s easy to get on and off and has pockets and sleeves. I’ve had it for four years and its held up well. I actually kinda think I’m in love with it.

The Rick Steves bag is good. It is a bit big, meeting the maximum carry on requirements, exactly plus a bit more I think. It expands to get bigger if you need it too. It has compression straps too and pockets and sleeves all over the place. It unzips like a suitcase and is roomy. The straps are well padded and it even has waist straps that hides away when you don’t need them. When full the thing can feel like a beast on your back and the last time I travelled I was kinda wishing I had a bag with wheels. BUT I like that its soft-bodied and you know, I feel like a bad ass when I sling that thing on and off my back whilst my muscle-y husband pulls his little wheeled bag around, ha!

One thought on “Packing Up A Storm

  1. MEC also does a duffel that is a backpack, only it is a backpack. I do not know how I got along without it. It is so comfortable and roomy and about 3 kg lighter than a roller.

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