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.

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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Reviews of Older Wheeled Backpacks and Our Recommendation of the Osprey Meridian 75L/28

UPDATE: The Osprey Meridian 75L / 28 is now discontinued; it was for a long time our favorite wheeled backpack to recommend. For new Osprey and other options, check out our reviews of the best large wheeled travel backpacks. The Osprey Meridian 75L / 28 and a few other wheeled backpacks are described below and

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Osprey Ozone Convertible 22″/50L vs Eagle Creek Expanse Convertible International Carry-On

This article is a bit out of date! The Osprey Ozone Convertible is no longer available. See our recommendations for the best rolling convertible backpack carry-ons from Osprey and others, as well as this comparison of the Expanse convertible rolling backpack carry-on with other similar options from Eagle Creek. We’ve been reviewing rolling travel backpacks

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The Osprey Meridian 60 vs. Ozone Convertible 50 vs. Sojourn 45: A Careful Comparison of the Carry-On Wheeled Backpacks

Update: These three lovely pieces from Osprey are discontinued and usually no longer available (though you may sometimes still get lucky with the Amazon links below. But we have updates more on the current best rolling backpacks for travel from Osprey and others. Osprey makes three convertible carry-on-sized rolling backpacks: the Osprey Meridian 60L, Osprey

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Large (28″) Osprey Wheeled Backpacks Compared: Meridian vs. Ozone Convertible vs. Sojourn

Update 2023: These packs are mostly discontinued (though you may get lucky on a few of the links below, and even find some at a discount. Our recommendations for current model Osprey Wheeled Travel Backpacks are here. We analyzed Osprey’s three full-size convertible (backpack/wheeled combo) luggage options to uncover the key functional differences and find out which pack

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Top Foldable Luggage Carts Compared

We’ve compared every popular luggage cart in terms of price, weight, size, features, and carrying capacity; we’ve also considered reactions from online reviewers (eliminating the fakes!) and luggage brand reliability as reported by America’s Consumer Reports and European consumer organizations. While for travel purposes we tend to prefer both large or carry-on wheeled travel packs, there are

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Foldable Luggage Carts vs. Wheeled Backpacks

2023 update: The specific rolling travel gear featured in this article are mostly no longer being produced; check here for our reviews of the latest rolling travel backpacks. Sometimes we need to hop our luggage up on our backs, but when we can we prefer to roll it around. So what’s better? A dedicated wheeled

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Eagle Creek Switchback International vs. Osprey Ozone Convertible 22: Wheeled Carry-On Backpacks Compared

These models are generally no longer available (though you may have some luck at the links below still, especially on Amazon). But never fear, you dear modern backpackers: We do have recommendations for the best current rolling backpacks for travel. The article below was originally published May 24, 2017 and so is now a bit

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Eagle Creek DoubleBack vs. Switchback International Carry-Ons: Which Is Better?

There are newer versions of these bags available. We cover the three newer versions of rolling carry-on backpacks from Eagle Creek in our comparison review of the Caldera International, Gear Warrior, and Expanse International. We’ve looked at every option out there for wheeled carry-on backpacks, and Eagle Creek pieces were close to the top, but not

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The Essential Travel Trade-Off: Less Luggage = More & Greater Adventures

Sure, it’s nice to have the variety of outfits, the gear for getting a perfect Instagram shot, familiar-brand cosmetics, a range of screens to read and watch, souvenirs collected along the way, and everything else to make travel feel more like home. But the more you carry, the heavier and larger your bag — and

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What to Pack for Brazil: The Minimalist’s Checklist for Smoother Travel

We’ve been taking long trips around Brazil for years, and boy, the dumb things we’ve seen our fellow gringos carrying. I suppose it’s hard to know what to pack for Brazil, but heavy clothes, wheeled oversize plastic suitcases, fancy watches — these are all asking for trouble in various ways. The ideal packing checklist for

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Stuff we’re currently testing—the good, the bad, and the we dunno yet

Not everything that we test we find interesting enough or useful enough to include in our main packing lists, or review. This article details some of the things we love (but that don’t merit inclusion on a minimalist’s packing list), we hate (and didn’t even want to bother reviewing), or that we’re just not sure

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