70L Backpack Packing Breakdown. What got in, what got cut and what I wish I had

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During our trip around the world we were sure to experience a range of climates. As such, packing the right clothes in the smallest bag possible was a challenge. Originally I wanted to try “ultra-light backpacking.” That’s where you fill a 35L-45L (or less) backpack with only what you need, expectating to reuse clothes A LOT. There…
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My favorite store to stock up from before extended travel

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The #1 Store I have to make a special shout out to REI. With so many brick and mortar stores losing out to the web store-front, REI clearly demonstrates its value to exist. I was hesitant to even walk in the door at first, it seems more expensive and therefore more pretentious, but that couldn’t be…
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What bag did I choose for our world trek?

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Originally I bought a Deuter 50L bag (in the SF REI) with an attached (zip on) daypack. It came with a harness that had thick cushioning straps and a strong frame for back support. Luckily, we decided to test the bags out on our final trip to DC to visit family and friends. During that test I…
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How we turned our 750 sq ft apartment into two 50L backpacks

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“Here we go – one month left until move-out day!” With our plane tickets bought, it just got real. We posted to Facebook, Craigslist and taped signs on the street, “EVERYTHING MUST GO!” If you we’re looking to fill your apartment with more stuff, Sean and Jackie’s house was the place to be. Why were…
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