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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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I’ve tried out various hair clippers over the years, and they all put up with abuse on the road. I’m happy to finally have found one that I can write about and recommend here for you minimalists, who want the few things you take to work well, and serve multiple purposes. Contents What We Look …

We’ve taken a thorough look at the rolling backpack options for teens ages 13 and up (and we have a recommendation for elementary-age kids too). Our main goal was to find the most durable and practical option to recommend for middle and high school use, as well as for short overnight trips. We looked at …

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 …

Former students and study abroad trip leaders agree: Less is more, but don’t forget key essentials. Photo by Steven Lewis. I’ve interviewed former students and a long-time trip leader about what you should pack — and, just as importantly, not pack — for study abroad trips. Add to that my own two study abroad experiences …

For years we’ve been travelling with and recommending a few key Osprey pieces. And we think it’s important to travel with a detached daypack; they serve to keep key valuables close at hand while in transit as well as to accompany us on long city or countryside daytime outings. The Daylite series from Osprey has …

We spent a few weeks evaluating the best rolling laptop bags from the most reliable manufacturers of luggage and tech gear. The wheeled cases that we’ve chosen are excellent for short trips as well as for daily use. People who carry heavier laptops and electronics will love them, as will those who just want to …

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 backpack, or a backpacker’s pack accompanied by a separate, foldable cart? We ran a full analysis of the options. We’ve previously run comparisons on some top wheeled carry-on backpacks …

Over the decades, we’ve made countless visits to the United States and bought electronics, luggage, clothes, perfumes, and more. Often we’re doing so for the cheaper prices, but sometimes it’s also to snag gadgets or brands only available in the United States. And we’re not the only ones; shopping is the top activity for international visitors …

Osprey makes three convertible carry-on-sized rolling backpacks: the Osprey Meridian 60L, Osprey Ozone Convertible 50L, and the Osprey Sojourn 45L. This article offers a side-by-side comparison of the three. We’ve reviewed the Osprey Meridian 60L here and it’s currently our favorite rolling backpack carry-on. And since we encourage folks to travel light and flexible, it’s …

To find the best portable battery to provide backup juice to USB-C devices (Macbooks, Nexus phones, and more), we devoured the extant consumer advocate and press reviews, as well as customer complaints and raves across blogs, YouTube, Amazon comments, and tech geek forums. The best deal we have found at the moment is the . But we’ll also point out a decent cheaper, somewhat-lighter …