I have always been that traveler that overpacks. I even purchased lighter plastic luggage so that I could fit more into my luggage! Getting to the scale was always a nerve wracking experience as I was always close to or over the allotted amount. When I would unpack, there were so many items that I never even used. So that brings me to the familiar phrase “One never wishes they would have packed more”.
Last year, I turned the big 40 and my dream was to make it to South Africa. With my budget, my travel agent suggested to work with Intrepid. When I researched the packing suggestion for the Oakavango & Beyond tour was a backpack. A what? I never had such a thing! Not even a small day backpack. Since this was my dream vacation, I needed to get onboard and find a backpack.
I immediately started researching, talked to friends and listened to Rick Steves. I needed to find a backpack. We have some sporting good stores in Cleveland, and there is one decent one in Peninsula, Ohio. However, my outdoor store of choice is Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC). Sadly, they are only in Canada, but I was scheduled to visit Montreal. I immediately researched the closest MEC to my location.
Finding the right backpack for your type of vacation and yourbody type is essential to ensure your holiday is enjoyable. I enjoyed the research both online and in person. Although, there is a lot of information out there! I became obsessed with finding the right type of backpack for day trips and three week holidays. The obsession did not stop there as it overflowed into finding the right type of travel clothing, sleeping bags, pillows, noise cancelling items, and other products to be comfortable while I was away from home.
I survived my three week African holiday, and I even enjoyed the backpack once I got the hang of packing and unpacking it. Since then, I own more backpacks of various sizes and the thought of packing less is refreshing. I even find myself choosing textures of clothing that will dry quick and be comfortable and fashionable during travel.
I am currently planing a holiday this fall in Northern India. My suitcase is not even in consideration.
Have you ever travelled somewhere that took you out of your comfort zone? If so, where did you go? What did you do to overcome your challenge?
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