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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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For over two years I’ve been crisscrossing Europe by train with a dog. I am a digital nomad and the dog in question is actually my daughter’s, but is with me while my daughter finishes her degree. So where I go, the dog goes. Traveling around Europe may seem like a carefree life, but it …

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, …

Your heavy pack affects your ability to improvise and enjoy travel. 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 like more home. But the …

It’s a truism that the more seasoned we are as travellers, the less we carry. And we start to get pretty adamant about it, to the point of proselytizing. We can and do pass this message on until we’re blue in the face, to anyone who will listen. On this site, I’m constantly reminding readers: …

Sure, you could take a bottle of wine on a picnic in Italy, on a flask of vodka on the overnight train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. But the best road drinking gear comes from Spain: the bota. These drink sacks are made from leather with an inside lining of goat bladder, pitch or — nowadays …

We recently tested out our top-recommended USB-C battery, the Anker PowerCore+ 20,100 with the Samsung Chromebook Plus. Reports had been great on its use with a variety of USB-C phones, laptops, and tablets, but we wanted to see how well it would work with the latest Chromebook from Samsung. Our assumption is that a laptop user who …

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 …

We’ve examined every wheeled carry-on backpack out there, and ranked the top two brands in that category as Osprey and Eagle Creek. If you want a carry-on piece that you can both wheel around and carry on your back, Osprey and Eagle Creek offer the best convertible pieces we’ve found. And, while there are a few other options from …

What are the differences between the Osprey Ozone Wheeled series and the Osprey Ozone Convertible series of bags? They’re both great lightweight luggage lines, but the names sound pretty similar and the pictures don’t do enough to help distinguish them on their own. Here for example are the Osprey Ozone Wheeled 75L on the left …

What are the cutest, funnest backpacks for girls with the convenience of wheels? We’ve put together photos of the designs along with our thoughts on what are the most durable and useful options for middle and high school use (plus one smaller option for younger, elementary-age girls). As we’ve reported on the best rolling backpacks …