When Angelo and I travel, it is usually for about 2/3 days at a time, and more often than not, we visit more than one city at a time. Which usually means everything we take with us has to be portable and is usually with us, on our backs in backpacks, suitcases just aren’t that easy to cart around. Having done this, rather unwillingly on my part in the beginning, we have learnt what to do and what to definitely what not to do. Let me tell you, I was not initially excited about Angelo’s plans to travel with just backpack, I mean.. A girl needs options. I have come to love it though, it is a lit easier to travel around, and make spur of the moment plan changes. So let me tell you how to do it, well the most effectively in my opinion…
- Usually when we are traveling for more than 2 days we will take 2 backpacks, Angelo carries the “important” things, like our camera equipment and money. We do this because firstly, all of those things are usually heavier than the clothes we back, secondly he doesn’t pack as many clothes as I do, so more often than not he can fit his clothes around the equipment. The most important reason for this being that I am usually walking slightly behind him (He is a bit of a speed walker and I have tiny legs) so I am able to see the back all the time, call me security.
- As I said Angelo doesn’t usually back many clothes, he doesn’t need the pictures. I on the other hand like to to have options. I have mentioned before in my previous post; “How to pack for Winter Holidays” about how to pack the ‘wintery’ and heavier clothes, go read up some tips. Besides this I have learnt not to be afraid to under pack, especially in Europe there will always be shops that if you have to buy something, rather under pack than over pack, because you don’t want to be walking around with more things than you need.
- When I know we are going to be having an active backpacking holiday, I know that I have to choose my shoes carefully. There is literally NOTHING worse than having sore feet while walking around trying to enjoy the city. I try to choose plain coloured and comfortable shoes, just so that its easy to plan an outfit around them.
- I also only take 1 pair of pants, usually tights, and then 1 or two extra shirts. A shirt can change your whole outfit, and pack pieces that you can wear more than one way. I know it sounds ridiculous, but if you wear a shirt the first day, tie it around your waist for the second day and have a different shirt. It can completely change your look.
- We quite literally never pack towels, they take up space and if the air BnB doesn’t provide it, you can usually just ask, if not, buy one and leave it there. You don’t want to take more than you need.
- We try to check in to our accommodation as early as possible, we travel really early so that we can make the most of the day. We arrive and we drop our bags off at the accommodation, backpacking can really take it out of you, so anytime you can, try and drop your luggage off.
My last bit of advice would be to make sure that you choose the right bag to travel with. I prefer bags with lots of pockets, where you’re able to reach things quickly. Instead of having to unpack your entire bag when you need something. Also don’t forget to back a battery charger for your phone, you need that for everything. You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere without any battery power, or no form of contact.
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