Backpack Travel

I was all about planning our trip to Nepal, then Mr.M8 hit me with his big idea. We would get large backpacks and travel with no checked luggage. I was reluctant, but his persistence paid off. He told me we had a 30 pound weight limit, and that sounded possible. 

The bomb dropped when I decided to Check baggage sizes and discovered he was looking at business class sizes (3 times the price). Our baggage was limited to 7 kg, roughly 15.4 lbs. I was not a happy camper.  

We went to camping supply stores, and made an informed decision. I researched travel yoga mats and made an informed decision (see last post). 

Im not gonna lie, some shopping trips for lightweight, quick dry clothes were necessary, but now I'm committed to this idea.  

Here are the resulting tips.  

1. Buy a lightweight backpack at your local outdoor outfitter. Know the dimensions that are required by the airline.  

2. Choose layers made of quick drying fabric as the items may need to be hand washed and drip dried.  

3. Ziplock baggies are the key. You can use high dollar hiking compression packs, but baggies do just what you need. Place the clothes in the bags after you've sorted your items for easy access. Kneel on the baggies to press the air out & seal them closed. You'll end up with a tightly compressed bundle.  

 

 Dress shirt & jacket before.  

Dress shirt & jacket before.  

 Dress, shirt & jacket after.  

Dress, shirt & jacket after.  

 Results post compression.     

Results post compression.  

 

These bundles make packing a breeze.  I got 2 dresses, 2 pants, 2 yoga pants, 4 short & 2 long sleeve shirts, undergarment and socks packed neatly in my Deuter AC Aera 28. I still had room for flip flops and toiletries.  

After securing the pack and adding my Yogo Travel Mat, I'm off for a new adventure. I'll post about my trip to Nepal when I can. 

 Fully packed with my Yogo travel mat.  

Fully packed with my Yogo travel mat.  

Hope this makes light, compact packing a little easier on your next adventure. 

Namaste - Beth