The Evolution of Packing

I wasn’t always a backpacking traveler. Being from a tiny affluent country in Europe, it’s pretty normal to go on holidays abroad (privilege!) and I personally don’t know any of my fellow same-passport holders who hasn’t been abroad. Travel has been a part of my life since birth. Normally, we’d travel by car, giving us plenty of room to bring Stuff™ and sometimes we’d go by airplane. Only for the latter we’d have to really think about what to pack as there’s limits to how much Stuff you can bring. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, July 2011. I’m flying to Argentina for five weeks to learn Spanish. My premature birthday present: a huge, lime-green suitcase for checked-in luggage. The weight limit is 23kg and that’s what I’ve loaded into it. Dresses, shoes – yes, even make-up – goes in there. I have to sit on it to close it. I drag the dead weight on the scales for luggage drop-off. Weighing the suitcase at the airport brings the total weight a little under the maximum. Success! Or not…… Read more >

The Hitchhiker’s Wishlist

1. Colorful markers to make ultra cool signs 2. Hiking socks. There’s never enough new unsmelly, hole-free hiking socks 3. Zero-mass tent with zero-mass stakes. Why is this so heavy? 4. Rip-proof, dirt-proof and smell-proof backpack. Preferably with anti food explosion feature too 5. Leather hiking boots with cool laces 6. Magic mattress and sleepingbag Read more >