Properly packing for a trip will take longer than haphazardly throwing things in a suitcase or backpack the night before. But having all your essentials purchased and packed a week or so before your trip will take the stress out of making it to the airport and any last minute goodbye phone calls.
The first thing you should think about is what kind of bag you are going to throw all your stuff into. This ultimately depends on what type of trip you’re planning on taking.
Generally speaking, the choice boils down to two types of “hauling” equipment:
#1. A more traditional suitcase with wheels and a handle to allow for dragging through train stations and airports
#2. An internal frame backpacker’s backpack that, like the name says, you carry on your back. Read more…