Recently counting back 8 things I’ve learned from traveling the world made me realize that while traveling has become my normal, some habits I’ve adopted are not. Although this isn’t a particularly useful list, you might find these weird habits I’ve picked up from traveling to over 80 countries somewhat enlightening, mildly entertaining, and revealing of one universal truth.
1. Everything Fits In One Bag Plus Carry-On
Instead of a closet, I’ve got an Osprey Sojourn 25-Inch 60 Liter roller-convertible bag that fits my entire wardrobe. Having a luggage-limit-weight-constrained portable closet means many of the things I wear have become multi-purpose clothes. You learn to shop this way to maximize the versatility of each article of clothing for various occasions.
Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Luggage (25-Inch/60 Liter, Metal Grey)
2. Priority To The Gadgets Bag
If one piece of luggage filled with clothes is my closet, the other Swissgear computer backpack is my office, living room, telephone and television. Receiving packing priority to make sure nothing is forgotten begins and ends with a bag I’ve noticed for many is more of an afterthought.
SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900 (Black)
3. In With One Shirt Out With The Other
When something is added to the collection, another is discarded if damaged or donated if not. Shopping for new clothes means concurrently thinking about what’s inevitably being replaced. Living out of such a small area has, over time, made me notice how little one actually needs. Like a gas, we tend to fill up our living environment primarily based on its size, with increasing pressures whether it’s zippers or apartment walls we’re cramming with stuff.
Remember, packing for two weeks is no different than packing for two months.
There are a number of other peculiarities I could over-pack here, like the slight uneasiness of not having a trip to planned to several countries or always booking one-way tickets, but whatever our habits are, they are in the pursuit of routine. The world is an unpredictable place whether we’re traveling around it or not. Our passions drive us to indulge in excitement to varying degrees of risk, with the familiar keeping us grounded. Keeping the balance between the two is important, whatever funky ways we go about it.
What are some of your weird travel habits? Let me know in the comments below!
LOL – I can definitely relate 🙂
I wish I could get it down to just one bag. I’m usually bring gifts and returning home with interesting things I find along the way.
One bag is tough if you’re counting the carry-on as luggage. But I’m sure those receiving the gifts appreciate you carrying the extra weight!
I love to travel light. It’s always better to keep room for things you will buy from the places to visit and being an Indian, I also need to get a lot of stuff back for not only my immediate family but even the extended family.
You can’t forget the space for gifts!
I am woman so for me is hard to pack because I want alot of things to fit in a bag