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this is a great entry !

i have the complete opposite approach to you it seems. i tend to take everything 'in case i need it' and i always make sure i do.

laptop, compact camera, slr camera, phone all need their associated power supplies, battery chargers and wires.

clothes for the day, clothes for the night, formal, informal. docs AND trainers etc

i do the same in every day life too. my work backpack is about as heavy as my 3 year old !

i'm tempted to try one trip following your rules and see i become liberated or blow up with frustration.

Hey, I recognize my stool on the picture!
It's got nothing to do with travelling whatsoever, but it's a cool stool: it's a stool for Mods (see the target logo?).
I tend to think I'm Paul Weller when I sit on it.

Nice stool, Russell.

Fantastic - you should check out Ray Jardine guru of lightweight hiking. His view is that most outdoor gear is over-engineered, too heavy and just slows you down. This can lead to a vicious circle - the more you carry, the more you have to carry.

This applies both to hiking (you have a heavier pack so your trip takes longer, so you need more food, so you pack becomes heavier...) and to technology (you take a laptop, so you need a charger and an adaptor and...)

Earplugs - always. I keep them with my passport. I also fold up the plane ticket to a size that suits me, they are perfectly readable even folded 3 or 4 times.

BA First class has the best lip balm and you can't buy it at Molton Brown, so make friends with someone who gets lots - hi Hilary!

I rip articles out of magazines and keep them in a pile for plane trips, same idea, you can leave them behind.

I call ahead to see what the movies are, so I don't watch them ahead of time. Why are romantic comedies so much better on the plane?

One pair of shoes, this one is tough, but if I can stand it, I'm always glad. Slip on of course.

Everything wheelie, even my briefcase has wheels.

The charger that plugs into the lighter socket is a brilliant invention! I will try asking taxis to do that from now on, great idea Russell.

hello Carol, welcome to travel OCD.

I do the mags thing too. And then end up keeping most of them. The movies thing is splendidly obsessive. I'll have to try that.

What about clothes colour?
I tend to pack always dark stuff. I think dark stuff looks less worn out in those cases you got stuck and are forced to wear the same shirt twice.

I xerox articles. Ripping magazines makes me feel bad (little obsession...)

A couple of pills of valeriana. it's natural and helps you sleep on long range flights.

What about clothes colour?
I tend to pack always dark stuff. I think dark stuff looks less worn out in those cases you got stuck and are forced to wear the same shirt twice.

I xerox articles. Ripping magazines makes me feel bad (little obsession...)

A couple of pills of valeriana. it's natural and helps you sleep on long range flights.

ziploc baggies. they are a dream to me. as well as small, flat packaged kiehls samples. i am very passionate about stealth travel techniques as well as passport stamps. but, i cannot bring myself to wheels...

one trip with few options can liberate you forever - two of us rode bikes across China for three months a few years ago, and learned to prune the panniers pretty fast. Lessons learned, lightness aside(sorry about those pppps and llllls):
roll everything, don't fold; go for the dark stuff but take one wild or bright thing to draw attention away from the wrinkles and stains.
my guy now takes a simpson tie on the basis that stains look normal on homer, and as a foreigner you can get away with a lot
and i take a brazilian necklace with orange bird feathers so i can sidetrack attention and conversation to whether or not it is pc to dye amazonian feathers. they never look at my shoes this way.

This is apparently something of great importance to people in advertising. (In)famous copywriter Neil French has some advice here:

http://www.neilfrench.com/topten/hotels.html

mini-rant here: WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK ZIP LOCK BAGS ARE UNIVERSAL???? They don't exist in many parts of the world (ZL marketing pepul, I hope you are listening). On my last trip to the US, in May, I was given two by kind friends, one with cookies for the trip, the other with still damp laundry. The ZL bags have been preciously washed and dried and re-used for an astonishing number of things. Details would put you off.

Ellen, ziplock bags are a brilliant invention and there are none in the UK to compare to the US Ziplock brand, especially the 2 gallon, which are a little hard to find, easier around Thanksgiving.

Waitrose aren't bad if you get stuck, Safeway UK OL are rubbish. Better to stock up when in the States.

Ha! Ziplock is reading this blog, I think, because they've now arrived in Switzerland, where I live. Family took school lunches in them today, with strict instructions to bring them home for laundering. Is ZL taking this into account in their advertising? Advertisers Without Frontiers, signing off.

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