Backpacking in the News

Link to article: What not to bring backpacking: 10 things to leave at home

Chad Norwood's gear for a 6-month, round-the-world trip.

Chad Norwood's gear for a 6-month, round-the-world trip. (Source: chadn on

I agree that the unnecessary weight of jeans and hiking boots should be avoided, especially in hot, humid places. (Looks like Chad packed both, in the above photo).

I’ve packed a sleeping bag before but rarely ended up using it (only while camping a couple times). I never backpack with a laptop — I use Internet cafes instead (see 9. Lost e-mails). I do travel with an SLR camera, but I don’t bring any additional lenses or flash units.

The author, Steve James, also concludes that “there is a common consensus that people who travel with guitars are tossers.” Good stuff (see 18. Playing Guitar).

A couple other packing techniques that chap my ass:


I think Spiderman shot a load on your bag.

Backpack locknets: What is the point of these? To prevent people from unzipping pockets or cutting into your massive pack while you’re wearing it? And when it’s stowed in a cargo area or closet on a train, bus or in a hostel, I’m pretty sure a would-be thief could cut through it with a standard pair of wire cutters.

This look should be avoided.

This is not a good look for you.

Double packing: You’re not carrying a baby. You don’t need to hang gear off your chest if you’re already hauling a load of shit on your back. Better to keep it all on your back and not have to bother with two packs. Besides, it looks ridiculous.

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2 Responses to “Backpacking in the News”

  1. Nancy says:

    Poon, I have been reading thru your blog and enjoy it very much. It makes me wish that I had posponed my first job over twenty years ago to go see the world. My question is, what do you pack in your backback to travel light? Could you write a post about it?

  2. It pisses me off when girls think it’s a good idea to backpack without a pair of heels. I’m not saying you have to be posh while backpacking, but hell at least you don’t have to be a barefooted hippie as well when you hit up cool metropolitan areas.

    Diggin’ your blog as usual. Check out this little lady rocks the world in style at

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