Packing

The writers of this site have been on the road for much of the past two decades now. And as we’ve noted, if experience teaches anything, it’s to pack lighter.

So keep that in mind. These articles and reviews are sorted by date published; you can find our advice for specific items to pack in the menus at top.

But above all, don’t take anything that you think you only “might” need. Things can be acquired on the road, and you can learn to live and travel without. We recommend some really high quality gear here, the things that have held up and served us the best for years. But don’t buy anything unless you know you’ll actually use it and enjoy it. Otherwise you’re likely to just end up discarding it on the road.

A Quality Leather Men’s City Bag with Thoughtful Organization for Travel: Our Review of the Grams28 154 City Pack

Traveler daypacks don’t have to be fluorescent colors and don’t have to be fanny packs nor paired-down backpacker packs with hydration tubes sticking out. They can be classy and yet well-thought-out organizational features. We’ve spent a few weeks trying out one such option from Grams28: The 154 City Pack. It’s quite a bit different from […]

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The Best Universal Power Plug Adapter for Travel with Fast-Charging USB-C

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd In our years of travel we’ve tried out loads of too-flimsy or too-bulky power adapters, and have always been hungry to find the one plug that could do it all without weighing us down. It’s the key travel gadget that makes all other travel gadgets possible. Sure, you can

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The Danger of USB Charge Points — and How to Charge Your Devices in Public Safely

I am not a super spy, with secrets to keep. But I also don’t really want to get my devices all gunked up with the viruses that governments are using to go after each other. I recently dove into the research on the perils of using public USB charge points in airports, trains, buses, libraries,

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Rolling Backpacks: For the Lightest, Most Comfortable One-Bag Travel

Your Backpack Tester Mose Hayward Minimalist-ish Vagabond A carry-on backpack that rolls? This, for minimalist travel, is the sweet spot. I’ve traveled constantly with one small rolling backpack or another for the past decade. I have also been updating this article for nearly as long, every time I’ve tried a different wheeled backpack. My favorites

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How much stuff fits in the Osprey Meridian daypacks?

UPDATE: The Meridian line has been replaced by Osprey; you can find all about the newer models for rolling travel backpacks here. Will the Osprey Meridian’s daypack hold a large laptop, second screen, and everything for a digital nomad’s portable office? One of our readers recently purchased the based on our wheeled carry-on backpack recommendation,

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Our Top Choices in Minimalist Toiletry Bags—Simple, No-Frills, and Ultra-Lightweight

Your Guide Mose Hayward Minimalist Packing Nerd What’s the best minimalist toiletry bag? It depends a bit on what you mean by “minimalist”—we’ve experimented in our constant travels with both solutions for simplicity in design and for travelling very light. Be warned that the solutions we review here are not for those who travel with

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My Favorite Portable Second Screen So Far: Review of the Mobile Pixels Duex Pro

Your Guide Mose Hayward Traveling Writer I was certainly sceptical of the the as a second screen for laptops, but also desperate to find a travel monitor with a quality image and that would work as part of a portable standing desk setup. And so I arrived at the Duex Pro. The fact that it

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