America, Planning, Travel Gear

Traveling Light:: Part 1 – Luggage

All adventures have a beginning. And ours is in just 5 short days. As we travel through 11 cities in 4 countries over 5 months, we make the bold decision to travel carry-on only. We did it once before, but only for 8 weeks in Europe. This time, we’re heading to Southeast Asia, with one roller-board carry-on and backpack each. Since it took some strategy & planning, I thought I’d put together a blog series on this packing process.

Having the right suitcase & backpack were essential. My previous bag had one too many tosses down the luggage chute. It was time for an upgrade. I decided to boldly try a hard case, with spinner wheels. I turned to the luggage experts, Target. [OK, I really I just looked where I could afford.] And for $60, I had a 22″ Skyline Hardside  carry-on suitcase.

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Additionally, I needed a backpack that I could carry well, and one that would hold my camera gear, because when we travel, we document. So we found a backpack by Kata, that specializes in travel media gear. I picked out this one, and haven’t looked back. This will be my second trip with this backpack, and I’m just a fan. It’s easy to carry, and quite accessible. The bottom half with all the camera gear keeps everything secure, but also is easy to get into. The rear laptop sleeve makes security a breeze. Probably my favorite feature [and most envied by my hubby] is the strap that allows it to sit nicely on my suitcase, without fear of falling over.

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So there you have it! The only luggage that this American girl is bringing for 5 months in Southeast Asia! Up next, what in the world will I wear for 5 months?!

Find out how my packing system held up after 6 months on the road!

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