Plan to Travel

If you plan on traveling anytime soon, then you’ve hopefully read and researched a lot about your destination, what to bring, and where to go. You’ve no doubt looked extensively into the price to see when you can afford to go, and you’ve probably planned your route through whatever country or countries you plan on seeing on your time away. However, more information never hurt anyone. Here are a few things you might not have considered during your pre-travel research.

Have you thought about what you need in order to travel? Sure, food, water, and shelter are accounted for first, maybe entertainment if the transit part of travel doesn’t interest you as much as the sightseeing. However, there are a variety of things that the average traveler lacks, and not only in terms of items (though those can be plenty useful too). For one, how are you carrying your luggage? Assuming you don’t plan to traverse a country with just the clothes on your back, you have stuff to carry and not a lot of room to carry it, relatively speaking.

Many people, especially members of the younger crowd, enjoy backpacking as a travel method in order to travel light and not let material possessions weigh them down. If you plan on following this philosophy, you should probably invest in a top-of-the-line backpack. That may seem like common knowledge, but what makes a good backpack? For one, you’ll want a backpack with a strap that you can clip across your chest. When you’re not traveling long distances, you may not notice how much a small thing like this strap matters, but go on any sort of hike and you’ll see soon enough. A backpack that lets you strap it across you as well as onto your shoulders enables you to travel long distances without the pack slipping as much, and doesn’t let the backpack loose to hit you in the back hundreds of times while you’re moving. If you ever need to run while you’re traveling on foot, this can be a lifesaver. You’ll also want your main luggage carrier to be waterproof, durable, and have plenty of pockets along with a large central space. The need for waterproofing isn’t just if you happen to drop your bag in a puddle somewhere along your way. If it rains and you don’t have the proper bag, you’re messing up everything you need to travel. If the humidity gets to be too high, you might find some mold in your bag the next time you open it. Regardless of what your travel plans are, find a good waterproofed bag to carry the stuff that you’ll need to you every day. Durability is an obvious need as far as carrying your things, but it’s better to plan this sort of thing than realizing you should have done it when your bag rips and all your things tumble out. Or worse, find a small rip at the end of the day that things have nevertheless found a way to escape out of. Finally, you want as many pockets as you can comfortably fit in your bag. When traveling, you want your stuff compartmentalized for two reasons: organization and security. The organization is obvious; if each pocket has a purpose, then finding and using what you need is that much easier while you can busy your mind with the more important aspects of travel. However, security, while more of a fringe benefit, is not to be underestimated. If a thief can open up your bag and see everything at in one glance, then they can loot your valuables that much faster. Split what’s valuable and useful and make it inconspicuous. While this doesn’t stop thieves from taking the whole bag, it should slow them down enough either way for you to at least be aware, if not able to recover your belongings.

If you ever need to run while you’re traveling on foot, this can be a lifesaver. You’ll also want your main luggage carrier to be waterproof, durable, and have plenty of pockets along with a large central space. The need for waterproofing isn’t just if you happen to drop your bag in a puddle somewhere along your way. If it rains and you don’t have the proper bag, you’re messing up everything you need to travel. If the humidity gets to be too high, you might find some mold in your bag the next time you open it. Regardless of what your travel plans are, find a good waterproofed bag to carry the stuff that you’ll need to you every day. Durability is an obvious need as far as carrying your things, but it’s better to plan this sort of thing than realizing you should have done it when your bag rips and all your things tumble out. Or worse, find a small rip at the end of the day that things have nevertheless found a way to escape out of. Finally, you want as many pockets as you can comfortably fit in your bag. When traveling, you want your stuff compartmentalized for two reasons: organization and security. The organization is obvious; if each pocket has a purpose, then finding and using what you need is that much easier while you can busy your mind with the more important aspects of travel. However, security, while more of a fringe benefit, is not to be underestimated. If a thief can open up your bag and see everything at in one glance, then they can loot your valuables that much faster. Split what’s valuable and useful and make it inconspicuous. While this doesn’t stop thieves from taking the whole bag, it should slow them down enough either way for you to at least be aware, if not able to recover your belongings.

Finally, you want as many pockets as you can comfortably fit in your bag. When traveling, you want your stuff compartmentalized for two reasons: organization and security. The organization is obvious; if each pocket has a purpose, then finding and using what you need is that much easier while you can busy your mind with the more important aspects of travel. However, security, while more of a fringe benefit, is not to be underestimated. If a thief can open up your bag and see everything at in one glance, then they can loot your valuables that much faster. Split what’s valuable and useful and make it inconspicuous. While this doesn’t stop thieves from taking the whole bag, it should slow them down enough either way for you to at least be aware, if not able to recover your belongings.

 

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