Gear and Gizmos
Having lived out of a bag for the last seven years, I’ve become quite adept at packing. (And unpacking, and packing again, ad nauseum). Here are some packing tools for savvy travellers around the world.
Here are four tools to stay organized, keep packing volume manageable, and protect your travel gear:
The Hoboroll (aptly named for a Professional Hobo, I might add) made my recent 8-country, 3-week whirlwind of a trip through Europe an absolute breeze, and now I won’t travel without it. It helps you organize and compress a ridiculous amount of stuff to such a small size that, with this packing tool, I am making the transition to travelling full-time with carry-on luggage only.
I pack my Hoboroll with a myriad of squishable items, including the following:
I keep a variety of Ziploc bags at the ready, in various sizes and for various uses, such as:
Simple mesh ditty bags are very lightweight and versatile. They’re cheap and used in the following ways:
Keep a few plastic bags at the ready for these uses:
Your luggage is a tool on the road; one that will either help or hinder your travels. I’m a big fan of wheeled backpacks for their versatility and ease of use. To make packing and transporting your luggage easier, look for these attributes:
Features like mesh dividers along the sides or separate compartments will help you organize your belongings and create a place for everything. The more consistently you pack, the easier it is to find what you need, when you need it.
I don’t like using traditional backpacks because they don’t allow easy access. With openings at the top and bottom (and maybe the sides if you’re lucky), you’re constantly peering into a dark cavernous cylinder trying to find what you need. More often than not you’ve got to pull everything out to find it.
Instead, choose a bag/pack/suitcase that opens up fully so you can see everything at a glance.
Zippers are usually the first things to suffer when the going gets tough on your luggage. If your zippers don’t work, your luggage doesn’t work. Look for these characteristics of a solid zipper:
Do you use any of these packing tools for different reasons? Any packing tools that I missed? Let us know in the comments!