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Love the article and totally agree with anything until the point about leaving your camera behind. If you’re planning on having a trip of a lifetime I’d recommend a camera over a phone every time. I don’t leave home without mine.
This is a great list! Especially Part 2. Sleep sack. This is just not necessary, but however you may need it in case you wanna go camping as well on your trip.
#7 Point-and-shoot camera: I agree, but here it needs to take into account, that some cameras of smartphones are low-budget, and the quality is even lower. Some small Point-and-Shoot-Cameras may be useful. Check out the quality before. But sure, in case your phones camera rocks, you can save time, weight, and nerves because you have to worry about one thing less.
Quick note: I started myself taking an old-fashion camera with me, plus an underwater one. Great photos!
Thank you Matt for additional tips
I do carry laundry detergent since I prefer detergent without fragrance. Among other things, clothing washed in laundry detergent with fragrance is more likely to attract noxious flying insects (e. g., yellow jacket wasps, honey bees (the important to agriculture specie of bee), mosquitoes, etc.
On a long tour it becomes very expensive to continually purchase this type of laundry detergent. Magic soap might be a solution if I could find it!
Non-fragrance detergent is not sold in single use packages.
Recently I have taken to carrying 2-3 “ultra packs” of fragrance free detergent in a small 2 oz./50 gr. to 4 oz./100 gr. plastic container. Of course I have to leave the other 16-14 “ultra packs” of detergent at the hostel for others to use for free. In doing this does keep the weight of my pack or bike panniers low!
The ultra packs are biodegradable.
a very good article….
“leave your camera at home” Bwah ?! I leave the phone behind ~!! Carry detergent, its foolish not to with the advances in detergent technology. Purex invented a way to put detergent and fabric softener in a pad that’s a bit thicker than a standard dryer sheet. If you have room for an extra notepad, you have room for several of these sheets… They’ve proven to be a WONDERFUL backup when Laundromats don’t have detergent stocked (or when you may not want to use the available detergent). I also cut the sheets into 1/3’s when I sink wash my socks/underwear… I hate taking more than a couple pairs… And the pads aren’t liquid, so they’re not even on TSA’s radar (store them in a Ziploc, otherwise they can stain your clean clothes) Lastly, I always carry a dry-erase marker, I can leave notes on any mirror or glass surface without finding paper or causing damage.
Another reason to disagree with the “Camera” entry; if you are going to a place where you could be mugged, it’s better to lose a camera than to lose a cell phone (unless it’s a super expensive camera). So if you want to either leave your cell phone at home or leave it in the hostel locker, it would make sense to bring a camera instead.
Don’t listen to the person who wrote this article. You can go to high end bars and restaurants even if you’re staying in a hostel. No average person wants to stay in a luxurious hotel room in Europe. You might as well just stay in your home country in a luxurious hotel room if you plan on spending your whole day there. All you want when you go to Europe is a clean place to lay your head at night. You will be spending the day out, so why waste money on a luxe hotel?
These tips came in handy today, bought myself a nice lil pack to walk the Camino de Santiago next month. Difficult to find myself a bag though, as I also eventually measured as an extra small at the shop I bought mine at… but because I’m pretty tall at 5’8″, associates kept putting me in the wrong size at MEC haha. Never realized how disproportionate my torso was…
I agree with Masha. #4 is bad advice coming from a bad, presumptuous premise. Lots of people rather save on lodging and spend the $ out. In my hosteling days plenty of high end places were in the mix of different types of places I went. If you only go on pub crawls with your fellow back packers, who don’t care how grubby you are because everyone is doing the same thing, you are missing out on where ever you are. Whether it’s high or low end, you want to get out, blend in, and mix with the locals. The key isn’t packing fancy clothes, the key is packing smart and choosing things that can do double duty (black logo free merino can taken you from the trail to the theater to the club like nothing else). And some strategic accessorizing.
In my younger days I was at some hip, very non-touristed bar in Amsterdam. I met a group and they were shocked when I told them the hostel where I was staying because I absolutely did not look the part. They actually thanked me for not being a stereotypical backpacker just because I was a budget traveler. One of them invited me over for dinner.
More useful advice would have been how to look sharp without bringing extra stuff.
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