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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 Differences in the Top Eleven Osprey Daypacks — And How to Choose the Perfect Daytime Backpack

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How I Set Up a Dual-Screen Standing Desk That’s Actually Portable

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Minimalist Packing List: How to Travel the Globe for Decades with Only a Carry-On

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How to Choose Among the Top Osprey Backpacks for Trekking

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

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The Most Durable Rolling Backpacks for High School — and Which to Avoid

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Rolling Carry-On Backpacks: We Love the Osprey Meridian 60L, But There Are Alternatives

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At this point we’ve spent decades on the road — as well as decades uncorking wine.  It was finally time to take a good hard look at our road uncorking options. All too often we have wound up in some cheap tourist apartment, hostel, or campsite sans that most basic of basic necessities: the corkscrew. …

I’ve been travelling the world for a decade and a half, and no matter how much I whittle down my luggage to the bare essentials, I always have room for a small speaker. I love to follow my podcasts, to share and discover music with people from all over the world, and to improvise occasional …

We spent weeks examining rolling laptop bags, and here are all of the top options designed for women — generally with the look and style of a purse, but big enough to carry a laptop, and with the lovely extra design feature that they can roll on wheels. These are solidly built pieces that hit …

I used the Osprey Aether 70L in the Semaphore Lakes area of British Columbia. It’s our top pick for longer treks, but would be overkill for shorter, weekend jaunts. Looking to choose the right backpack for overnight hikes or treks? I’m here to guide you with my 10+ years of backpacking experience in all kinds …

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 …

Here we’ll review the Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby Organizer and some other options for those who carry a full set of cosmetics and toiletries while travelling. We pooled wisdom of a few long-term digital nomads, including especially women, who have somewhat larger arsenals of grooming products, soaps, and cosmetics that they carry for months on …

A selection of small toiletry bags that we have tested We got a bit obsessed with researching toiletry bags. That’s because we’ve blown through lots of crummy ones in our decades of constant travel. Standard bags leak, fall apart, and aren’t much better than a plastic ziplock bag. We’re thus delighted to have found one …

A selection of lightweight minimalist toiletry bags that we have tested 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 …

I have used the Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer for over four years of nearly constant travel, and yes, in that period I have frequently brushed my teeth, shaved, and even showered. This small toiletry bag has stood by me for all of those adventures, storing and organizing my implements for self-care while keeping my clothes …

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 actually attaches to a laptop and …