Do you struggle to pack? Doesn’t seem to matter if I am backpacking, travelling by air, sea or car. I always over pack. I start off being very organized. I pick a colour code so I can mix and match. I don’t pack bulk, unless I’m skiing, I never take more than one pair of shoes and buy toiletries when I arrive where I am going. I still seem to be ramming something in at the last minute. I was in the T.A’s for a time and there I learnt to back my bag and it also had space over, so where am I going wrong? As a bloke it should be relatively easy for me so why is it so hard?
I decided to look through the internet for tips and came up with a few websites, trying not to be sexist and to be aware we do pack different items I’ve kept the sites fairly generic. The first site is a host of tips from seasoned travellers and some I think I might be able to take on board, especially like the pack a small bag, then put everything from there into a slightly bigger one, then you have everything and space.
The second site I found was interesting and he certainly knew what he was talking about and again the tips seem applicable and doable but was maybe just a bit too ‘light’ for me. I also liked this post from a non travel blog .
The third site was focused more on what not to pack and here I hit one of my main problems. I am gadget person and when I think about it I do pack a lot of stuff I don’t really need , “just in case” I really need to alter that mantra and then maybe packing light would not be so much of a hassle.
I found a couple of packing videos but the one I like the best was this one, done by lady who has been travelling for while and reviews her backpack online and explains why she carries what she does.
So, now I know what to pack and how, but somehow I am not confident that mine will be any lighter but we shall see!