Travelers' mantra: Pack light, pack light, pack light - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Members Lounge > General Travel Tips, Education, Advice > General Travel Tips and Advice

General Travel Tips and Advice Have you traveled before?- Please share your tips and advice with fellow Tpunks!

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-28-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
Admin
 
travelpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: spiznain
Posts: 6,590
Thanks: 46
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Default Travelers' mantra: Pack light, pack light, pack light

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/trave...ght/index.html
travelpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
TPunk Recognized
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Fairfield, Ca
Posts: 1,157
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to c0urt Send a message via MSN to c0urt Send a message via Yahoo to c0urt
Default

all you really is money and condoms according to jake

actually
the rule is take half as much stuff and twice as much money.
you will live a lot easier
__________________
ok screw the blog go to my website instead

the new and improved stupidhurts.org
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
Admin
 
travelpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: spiznain
Posts: 6,590
Thanks: 46
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Default

Yeah, that's what I've heard, half as much. The only things you need the most of anyways are socks and underwear .
travelpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
TPunk Recognized
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Fairfield, Ca
Posts: 1,157
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to c0urt Send a message via MSN to c0urt Send a message via Yahoo to c0urt
Default

you dont need underwear
__________________
ok screw the blog go to my website instead

the new and improved stupidhurts.org
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 07:06 AM   #5
TPunk Moderator
 
pinknic38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 2,857
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to pinknic38 Send a message via Yahoo to pinknic38 Send a message via Skype™ to pinknic38
Default

SERIOUSLY pack light!

I thought I packed light (because I had a lot of space in my pack but I forgot after packing and repacking for the to/from the deployment and moving around in Afghanistan, I became a genius on rolling shit into the smallest possible size and shoving it all together) and weighed my pack at the Krakow airport to see if I could carry it onto Easy Jet and it was like 30 pounds or something! Which I guess may not be a lot, but maybe too much for a 2 week backpacking trip. Esp when I came home and there were like 3 shirts and 2 pants I didn't even wear. (but I did wear a bunch of stuff over and over though)

And my left shoulder blade had been killing me since I've been back! I thought it got better and then last night I was carrying in a 24 pack of pop for my mom with my left arm and I set it down and now my shoulder is on FIRE.

Pack light!!!! And ps, if you ever think you need a hair straightener while backpacking... YOU DON'T... take it from the girl who brought one and never used it. LOL
__________________
SO FAR: USA, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
UP NEXT: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman Islands - Feb 2012


tpunk gallery * twitter
pinknic38 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 08:45 AM   #6
TPunk Recognized
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Fairfield, Ca
Posts: 1,157
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to c0urt Send a message via MSN to c0urt Send a message via Yahoo to c0urt
Default

all of this was a month in europe and several months in florida



dont remember what happened to the blanket i think i gave it to someone on first day
got rid of the power adapter because the only thing i had was my computer and it has one built in.
traded most of the socks dont to half. tossed the underwear after a week

yes I had a video game comntroller. you get bored.
__________________
ok screw the blog go to my website instead

the new and improved stupidhurts.org

Last edited by c0urt; 06-29-2008 at 08:49 AM.
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 09:26 AM   #7
lover of Germany
 
expatben's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ontario,Canada
Posts: 2,679
Thanks: 4
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Default

Just remember that whatever you pack you have to carry...around...a lot and will get heavy. Pack what you need and maybe 1 or 2 things you want.
__________________
I have been to: Canada, USA, Iceland, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Germany, Sardinia, Switzerland, China, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Morocco.

Do to list: [color=blue][color=black] Australia, New Zealand, Austria India and Bolivia.

[color=blue][i][font=Verdana][color=black]"I'm just another stranger lookin' for the promised land"
expatben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #8
VP.
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 51
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to VP.
Default

Dude didn't wear underwear for several months straight??

Lol...my pack looks a lot like yours, even the same laptop...but I definitely saved a little room for some boxers...rofl no underwear in Florida
VP. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 02:26 PM   #9
T-PUNK PRIVATE
 
FinnAnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Finland
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I was 2 weeks on a holiday in England at spring and all I had with me was a backpack and a small pack, no suitcase. (My first holiday without suitcase and handpack) I had defenitely too much to carry. Next time I know what not to bring but I've been wondering something, when you're traveling in europe is it common that there are washing machine in the hostel? So do you do laundry everywhere you can or do you just wear the same clothes till they start to stink too bad and then change?? :D Maybe a stupid question but I thought it would be best to ask even the most stupid ones from people who has done some serious travelling than just go and test my luck! :D
FinnAnn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 02:40 PM   #10
TPunk Recognized
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Fairfield, Ca
Posts: 1,157
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to c0urt Send a message via MSN to c0urt Send a message via Yahoo to c0urt
Default

the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

please ask we will try our best to help.

i made friends in bars and what not and washed at their houses. talk to people you will find ways to wash your clothes
__________________
ok screw the blog go to my website instead

the new and improved stupidhurts.org
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 03:29 PM   #11
To Smart For Mensa
 
TheJake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 5,818
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to TheJake Send a message via MSN to TheJake Send a message via Yahoo to TheJake Send a message via Skype™ to TheJake
Default

sinks and handsoap is what I washed my clothes with many a times.
TheJake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 04:38 PM   #12
TPunk Moderator
 
Elizabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,401
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default

The #1 key to packing light is to buy a small bag. No matter what size you buy you will prob end up filling it with stuff you don't need.

Most hostels will have a laundry machine, but in some cases you have to pay to use it. If you are picky about your clothes, like me, its best to find a laundry place that lets you do it yourself because sometimes they don't use enough laundry soap. Another thing that saved my laundry was baking soda. If you are in a really smoky club or bar sometimes regular wash will not get out the smell, so put some baking soda in your laundry and the smell will be gone.

I am guilty of bringing a hair straightener but I used mine.
Elizabeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 04:56 PM   #13
TPunk Recognized
 
BedtimeontheMoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 223
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

PACK LIGHT!!! Especially girls... I sent about half my stuff home halfway through and it wasn't cheap... but it was either pay up or have my back suffer for the rest of the trip...I also brought the hair iron an used it many many times :D
BedtimeontheMoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 07:28 PM   #14
call me Condi!
 
DC_Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 818
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I'm a huge believer in wicking clothes and hand washing. Every 3-4 hand washing (just as a guideline, you can adjust based on how sweaty/gross you're getting or how good a job you feel you're doing by hand) you should find a laundry. Which, if you're traveling around a lot, you will happen upon one.

But it helps you pack light if you bring a mostly wicking or athletic material clothes. They keep you from getting too smelly as they're anti-microbial and they don't hold water in like cotton, and the double-advantage for that is that they dry faster if you wash them in the sink and hang them up. Underoos too!!! In fact, especially undies.
__________________
"I set out alone, finding no companion to cheer the way with friendly intercourse, and no party of travellers with whom to associate myself. Swayed by an overmastering impulse within me, and a long-cherished desire to visit those glorious sanctuaries, I resolved to quit all my friends and tear myself away from my home."
---Ibn Battuta, CE 1325


Latest travel crushes - Arizona, Morocco, The Baltic States, Tunisia, Portugal, Mexico
DC_Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 07:55 PM   #15
TPunk Moderator
 
pinknic38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 2,857
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to pinknic38 Send a message via Yahoo to pinknic38 Send a message via Skype™ to pinknic38
Default

I waited til I got home to wash my shit, but I was only gone 2 weeks and packed a lot of clothes (well not a lot but quite a bit for that amount of time) but I always bring a plastic Target bag or something to put smaller dirty clothes in (like undies, socks, etc) and if I can't wash for awhile just throw in some dryer sheets so everything smells good. I put a big bunch of dryer sheets in a ziploc baggie - they take up like no room! And then a little travel thing of Febreeze... you're ready to rock!
__________________
SO FAR: USA, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
UP NEXT: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman Islands - Feb 2012


tpunk gallery * twitter
pinknic38 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 08:42 PM   #16
call me Condi!
 
DC_Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 818
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

http://www.exofficio.com/product_results.aspx?category|men_underwear=Underw ear&canned_results_trigger=&category_id=men_underw ear&cm_mmc=GoogleExOfficio%20UnderwearExOfficio%20Underwear%20Unisexex%20officio%20underwear&gclid=CJa2wsnkopQCFQNHFQo dejwPtg

I travel with 2 pairs of underwear. MAX 3. Maybe it's just so I can tell people after but maybe I'm just not into carrying around all my dirty nether-bottoms around all the time. Who knows what the real reason is?

Also, buy stuff there. Unless you're going to Norway, you can find some cheap pants or a shirt here and there if you MUST have something else. I usually leave a pair of cheapo Old Navy cargo pants behind and replace the space with souvenir tchotchke's or what have you. I have left pants behind in 4 cities on two continents. Yesssssss. And even if the clothes you manage to find aren't totally unique, once you get back home at some point in time someone will compliment you (even on a plain black t-shirt) and you can say, "this old thing, I got it in Transnistra....yeah, yeah, I was totally out of clothes. I only brought two pairs of underwear. I know, I live on the edge..."

Also, Court, I like how you have some sort of purple theme going with the clothes you packed!
__________________
"I set out alone, finding no companion to cheer the way with friendly intercourse, and no party of travellers with whom to associate myself. Swayed by an overmastering impulse within me, and a long-cherished desire to visit those glorious sanctuaries, I resolved to quit all my friends and tear myself away from my home."
---Ibn Battuta, CE 1325


Latest travel crushes - Arizona, Morocco, The Baltic States, Tunisia, Portugal, Mexico
DC_Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2008, 07:53 AM   #17
The Finisher
 
epicballa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: NYC
Posts: 97
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to epicballa
Default

I just did a preliminary fill of my pack and it's going to be around 25-30 pounds for my trip. Not too shabby, I thought it was going to be a lot heavier.
epicballa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2008, 04:35 AM   #18
T-PUNK PRIVATE
 
FinnAnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Finland
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thank you so much for all the tips. This page is a lifesaver!! :D Buying the clothes you need from there sounds smart. And that explination sound way more cooler than the fact that you packed too little clothes!! Technical t-shirts and "sport clothes" (or what ever you call them ) were really good when me and my sister were hiking in scotland. They stay dry and comfortable longer! I have also wondered about the shoes!! I have these kind of "hiking shoes" that are really comfortable to walk, but are not really nice in bar or for going out at evening. But then another shoes take so much space from the backpack. Do you always have another shoes with you? :D And because I'm a finn, I always pack too much warm clothes. I'll have to work on that too!!
FinnAnn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2008, 07:45 AM   #19
The Finisher
 
epicballa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: NYC
Posts: 97
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to epicballa
Default

i tend to bring sneakers, flip flops, and a pair of nicer shoes for those splurgey nights when i feel like going to a nicer restaurant, play, club, etc. probably stupid of me, but whatever.
epicballa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #20
TPunk Emeritus
 
blinkchick2134's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Here and there
Posts: 1,637
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Everytime I stop any where for more than a day I toss/give away at least one object in my pack. I've finally got it down to only clothes I wear and things I use. It's probably around 20-25 lbs. I think I have four things that have been with me since I left my apartment a year ago...a pair of dickie's (which were torn by a bike chain a few days ago - but I'm wearing them now), a daypack that folds to the size of a bloated passport, my one pair of underwear, and my medkit (which is amazing).

Right now, clothing-wise, I think I have two pairs of pants, one skirt, two tank tops, one tee shirt, lots of socks, and a zip up hoodie. I've had the luck of usually staying with people that let me do my laundry the modern way so I stay somewhat clean smelling. The hoodie doubles as a pillow on bus rides/camping - I sleep better on it then I do on real pillows now. Oh, and two tapestries that I've found left behind at festivals that work well for towels/ground covers/dresses/drying my tent when it gets flooded.
__________________
Amber

"If I had a kid I'd f**k it. Then kill it. Then f**k it again." Seattle 2006

blog of travels and such
flickr

Currently located in HAWAII

Been to: Alaska, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hawaii, Spain, Switzerland - - also meetups in Chicago, LA, and Seattle
blinkchick2134 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:06 PM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121