From Carry-On to a Backpack

From Carry-On to a Backpack

Not only is this upcoming trip to Africa a journey that will break me out of my comfort zone in terms of traveling, but it’s also breaking me out of my usual packing routine. This time, I am switching from a carry-on to a backpack.

For years, I have traveled with my trusty black Delsey carry-on suitcase. It has made the journey with me to Bermuda, New Zealand, Fiji, Miami, The Bahamas, Thailand, Vietnam, and Aruba. It’s helped me pack for two different seasons on my trip to New Zealand and Fiji, been dumped into puddles that smell like fish in Vietnam, survived every mode of transportation imaginable, and overall, has never let me down in terms of packing everything I want into the smallest piece of luggage possible, even for trips lasting a little over three weeks. But, my beloved carry-on suitcase will not be making the trip with me to Africa.

Unfortunately, for the trip I will be headed on, wheeled luggage isn’t ideal, and something that can be carried seems to make the most sense. At first, I even ordered a backpack that met carry-on luggage standards, but realized that it wasn’t going to take me far when I took into account all that I needed to bring.

For four weeks, I will travel throughout five different countries. During that time, I will spend sixteen nights camping, which means that I need to bring along a sleeping bag and pillow. I also plan on blogging while I am away, so I will be bringing a laptop along with me, and since this is Africa, I bought a new camera to take with me as well.

Aside from all this, I need to pack enough clothes for four weeks. I still plan on packing light and mixing and matching items that I’ll be bringing to extend my wardrobe, but opportunities for washing my clothes will be limited, so I will probably need to bring more than I am used to.

This should be an interesting packing experience, but I’m excited to see how it will prove different than what I’m used to. I’ll continue to keep you posted over the next few weeks as to what I choose to bring and what I plan on leaving home. This may be my biggest challenge yet, but considering the trip I’m headed on, I have no problem taking it on.

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Comments (9)

  1. Gosbert

    When going to Tanzania, I always keep it light. T-Shirts, Shorts etc. There’s usually a quicker turnaround when washing clothes because they’re hand washed. The heart also helps in drying them quickly. Simplicity is the key, the rest will fall into place.

  2. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h)

    Ohhh….I’d die with that packing. Lauren and I are considering steamer luggage and strong, healthy Romans to carry them around for us on our month-long trip to Europe. πŸ™‚

  3. Kate

    Well, I’m looking forward to see how you’re doing there. πŸ™‚

  4. Christina

    Why is packing so difficult! I am trying to figure out a method for 2 months in Europe. Can’t imagine doing it for Africa (although I will have to sometime in the near future)!

  5. Jetting Around (@jettingaround)

    Good luck, that’s all I can say! πŸ˜€

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hahaha, I know! Ahh! I’m starting to feel the pressure now.

  6. the lazy travelers

    i’m the WORST at packing. before we leave for every trip, the hubs asks, “did you pack like an asshole?” the answer is always yes.

  7. lola

    can’t wait to hear more about this challenge. going to Europe for a month will make interesting packing for me too. i’m thinking i should plan on 3 suitcases instead of the usual 1. haha. really – it’s quite intimidating to imagine how on earth to do it efficiently!

  8. Francesca

    Packing for my Africa trip was quite a challenge, also. I needed warm clothes and outerwear for Kilimanjaro, light clothing for safari, sleeping bag and other gear. I somehow fit it all in one backpack πŸ™‚ I have faith in you!

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