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Old 07-07-2008, 07:36 PM   #21
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One other tip to keep from smelling: keep dryer sheets in your bag. They keep everything from smelling too bad and help separate the "totally dirty" from the "I can wear this one more time".
Also-- bringing clothes you want to get rid of is great. I did this in Europe and it made room for things I bought there!
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^ I too am down with the dryer sheets!

I brought flip flops which doubled as shoes and shower shoes. Then I brought black flats to walk around in and that was fine. They got seriously rained on my first 3 days in Germany (and my umbrella broke) so by the time I was 2/3 of the way into my trip I had to toss them and buy new b/c of the funk. I was walking around with dryer sheets in my shoes.

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I just bought sports type socks, boxers, and undershirts, They help SO MUCH!!!! Im packing 3 t shirts 2 jeans 1 pair walking shoes one long sleeve under shirt and misc odds and ends. great thread btw
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I try to avoid denim like the plague. There is nothing that I hate worse then doing laundry in a foreign country and waiting on my stupid pants to dry. It is also Murphy's law and the dryer does not get hot. (I sound bitter as if from a past experience).

The last trip I took had no jeans what so ever. It made so much more room and was quite a bit lighter too.
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as much as i want to travel light when i travel, i always end up bringing more than necessary, LOL. and that includes jeans! somehow i can't leave without them.
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I would disagree with conventional travel wisdom. Packing heavy is OK as long as you walk around light. Pack heavy, Walk Light. I'm going to start a trend.

So now, I pack my bag with whatever I can cram into it and endure it while I go from city to city, but when I walk around I don't carry a daypack anymore, just my camera, map and cigarettes.
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That is usually what I do. I just carry what I need on me. I don't bring expensive items to would be costly to replace.
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What is the average weight of a typical backpacker's backpack? A few people here have said between 20-30 lbs..is that considered light or heavy or ..?
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Just keep it under 15kg for when you have to fly the discount airlines

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I think having too much to pack really is a problem.

I found a cool site that some of you may find useful. They're probably missing a few things on there (like ab roller wheel!) , but overall it looks ok: www.carryononly.com
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Just keep it under 15kg for when you have to fly the discount airlines

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I remember when I did that last trip... i wore my one pair to jeans so much that I had to retire them when I got home.
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One time just to make absolutely sure I was okay, I wore my heavy coat, and stuffed two pairs of jeans in the pockets. The penalties can be so ridiculous!

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I have done the same thing too. Cram as much as I can into my carry-on. Wear my heavy clothes and wear layers. It sux, but overage fees do too.
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someone should do an underwear poll because i never where any and i get the feeling a lot of you dont either
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What is the average weight of a typical backpacker's backpack? A few people here have said between 20-30 lbs..is that considered light or heavy or ..?

My pack was about 22 lbs when I started 40 days in Europe, going from Norway and working my way down to Turkey so there was a wide variety of clothes packed. I probably used 98% of what I packed, I would say anything under 25 lbs is light, and I am a small girl.

I ended up wandering around Warsaw for 3 hours at night with my pack because everything was booked up. By that time my backpack probably weighed 25 or 26 lbs and even that was managable, my legs did hurt a bit the next day though.
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