Even for the veteran traveler, packing is a challenge. The ratio of what I want to take vs. what I know I can take is probably about 5:1, especially now that airlines are charging premiums for checked baggage. Some general tips: Take about half of what you lay out to take, bring one more pair of underwear than you think you need, and pack without a list at your own peril! My top 5 travel gear items for the budget traveler… Hanging bathroom organizer. I am at the duck-tape stage with the Victoria’s Secret hanging bathroom organizer my mom got for me almost 7 years ago. It has been all over the world with me and I have never found its match. On my flight from Colombia to Washington, DC. it saved my suitcase and wardrobe from an attack of bright red nail polish, which stayed mercifully self-contained in one of the pockets above. Backpacker’s backpack. To me, there is simply no contest between suitcase vs. backpack when one...Read More
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