How I Slimmed Down my Luggage and Two New Updates to my Travel Equipment

Posted on April 23, 2017 by in Travel Deals

How I Slimmed Down my Luggage

For some time now, I’ve been trying to reduce the sheer amount and weight of my travel belongings. Just two years ago I usually traveled with a big check-in Travelpro Duffel Bag. Since then, I have migrated to a Rollaboard (even for trips lasting 3+ weeks) and I’m now contemplating reducing it further and going on trips of 10-14 days with just a backpack.

Here are some things I have learned:

  • Even in cold weather (like in Russia), as long as it is relatively dry then good sneakers will be as good as boots – so no need to carry boots around.
  • Even in temperatures around 20 degrees, it’s enough to have a good down jacket, long underwear, a hat and a warm sweater to battle the cold. It’s important to stay on the move, though, so that your body provides plenty of heat.
  • As long as you stay in a moderate, warm climate, you can reduce clothing further and just get ‘one of everything’ (e.g. one sweater, one pair of long pants, etc) and a one-week supply of everything that you wear underneath (such as t-shirts and underwear).
  • Wearing flip-flops is not only comfortable but also eliminates the need for you to carry socks.

How I Slimmed Down my Luggage

Now I still have a number of items to put in my backpack:

  • A Canon DSLR with a 50mm lens, a zoom lens and a fisheye lens
  • My MacBook Air
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Lots of cables

I recently found two cool additions to my travel gadgets that save me lots of space…

Etymotic Research HF5 noise-isolating earphones

I had never heard of them until a few weeks ago; these are earphones WITHOUT Bluetooth, a mic or controls for an iPhone. What…

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Read the Amazon reviews and you’ll quickly realize why they are so popular. Once you figure out the snug fit (this is important) the sound quality is amazing; for me, it was as if I had never heard music before and like discovering the perfect pitch!

The earphones also completely block sounds out – you can have people yelling in your face and music just at a moderate volume will block this 100%. I took them to San Francisco‘s loudest streets and it felt like I was in Golden Gate Park.

The earphones fit in the smallest pocket (just like your Apple iPhone earphones) and I can finally leave my noise-cancelling headset at home.

How I Slimmed Down my Luggage

This product was available at Walmart until recently for $49.99 but now sells again at $129 – still worth it.

Under Armour Swacket

I really like the Under Armour brand and have bought their apparel before – but I only saw the Swacket last week. It’s a combination of jacket and sweater and it does its job perfectly.

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It’s not the most stylish, but it is warm like a sweater, keeps the wind out like a jacket and it’s also a hoodie. It won’t be much help in a torrential downpour but it can easily deal with a bit of rain.

How I Slimmed Down my Luggage

The Swacket sells for $129 but there was a recent sale where it was $39, which I was lucky enough to take advantage of. It allows me to rely on just one jacket / sweater when going to a destination with cool night-time temperatures. If I can’t bring my carry-on, I can just wear it during the flight.