The easiest way to ruin a trip is to pack your bags in the wrong way. Lacking the appropriate attire or toiletries, or having important items broken in transit can really spoil a trip.
The number-one rule in packing for a trip, unless you have hired several football players to carry your gear for you, is to pack lightly. You will be moving your luggage into the trunk of your car, out of the trunk of your car, through the airport, off the luggage carousel, to the train station, to the bus stop, onto the bus, off the bus, back two kilometers because you overshot your stop, up six flights of stairs, and onto the dresser.
If you are doing any sightseeing, take a small backpack or fanny pack. You will want to carry maps and perhaps phrase books, guidebooks, water bottles, sunglasses, and so on.
If you are especially mobile, you will need a larger backpack. "Weeklong" backpacks are backpacks of larger-than-average size; these come with multiple pockets and features. Some backpacks are even made especially for the curvier female form. If you have a baby, a backpack is even more essential for hands-free use.
Many brands offer tools to keep you packed & organized, and on the trail...when you want to be. Today, you can choose from Eagle Creek, Jansport, The North Face, Katadyn and more. Get to know about some of them.
It isn't called the Eagle Creek Ultimate Explorer travel pack for nothing. The name says it all. This large pack can comfortably carry everything you need for your world travels. Top load, panel load, and gear tailgate features make it easy to get your stuff whenever you need it. A separate bottom compartment includes a stuff sac for a sleeping bag or laundry. The detachable daypack includes hydration pockets and plenty of space for personal items. You can put there an air freshener in order to dissolve odors anywhere, and leave the air smelling clean and fresh naturally in your hotel bathroom, office or car. The main bag comes with a sleeve and port for a hydration system and has zip-away pockets for water bottles. There's even a padded, fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses. A 3-in-1 Travel Shell acts as a rain shield, security cover, and stand-alone duffel.
The Eagle Creek Voyage 65L Travel Pack is designed for voyagers traveling by train moving from hostel to hostel. The Voyage is a carry-on sized pack with a large main compartment and easy-access front panel loading.
Eagle Creek designed the Women's Maiden Voyage 70L Travel Pack specifically to fit a woman's torso, shoulders and natural curves. The Maiden's detachable daypack has a hide-away safeguard panel to keep important documents and money safe and secure.
Another good alternative, Tour Travel Pack from REI, a convertible travel pack with a removable, hydration-compatible daypack is the right choice for your next weekend adventure.
Not everyone who wanders is lost. Explore, experience, risk. If you're a tried-and-true traveler, then, when packing, remember: less is more! Cut down on the size of your pack and you also cut down on aching arms, packing time, and inconveniences.