Packing Lists

Best Gifts for Travelers 2017

By Megan Stetzel | November 23, 2017

As the holidays come upon us, far too quickly, it seems, Steph and I wanted to give our loyal readers some ideas for their holiday wishlists! Whether you’re a traveler looking for new gadgets and gear to ask for from your loved ones, or you’re planning your first adventure and don’t know what you need, […]

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Osprey Giveaway! And Get More Updates Straight From Steph + Megan

By Megan Stetzel | November 15, 2017

Ok, ok, ok! We’ve realized that you actually want to hear from Steph and I more often. We get it! So we are revitalizing our newsletter and ramping it up with more personal updates of our journeys! If you are curious what life is like when you uproot your family, dog and baby under 2 […]

The Most Stylish Men’s Travel Clothes

By Steph | September 27, 2017

This one is for the gentleman out there who like to travel but don’t like to look scrubby doing it. My husband has the coolest job. You see, his company is 100% remote, which means he can work from anywhere in the world. Not only that, but they are constantly flying him to meetings in […]

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Best Carry On Luggage: Because Backpacking Isn’t Forever

By Megan Stetzel | August 10, 2017

It has happened. I’ve finally gotten to the point in my life where a backpack is not my preferred way to pack my belongings when traveling and may not be the best carry on luggage option out there. Eventually, I guess we all get to that stage of the game. I’m not saying that there […]

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The Best Travel Backpack for Your Next Adventure

By Megan Stetzel | May 4, 2017

I recently had a friend ask me for suggestions for a backpack for her move to Southeast Asia coming up. I spent a year living in Bangkok, Thailand myself and have spent ample time backpacking around the world and have learned what goes into picking the best travel backpack out there. There are a couple […]

Empower Yourself! 25 Books to Inspire You to Travel in the New Year

By Steph | January 5, 2016

I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I do think January is a golden time to motivate you and choose your direction for the rest of the year. So, while I’ve done instructional posts for past years, this year instead of demands I figured I would give you some inspiration- in the form […]

Experiences Not Things: 7 Fantastic Holiday Gift Experiences for Travelers

By Steph | December 17, 2015

I’m always psyched when I read that Millennials value experiences over things. It’s definitely true that the memories of an amazing trip can bring you far more happiness over a lifetime than the latest igadget or a lovely sweater. The holiday’s are when it’s easy to lose sight of this. Between Black Friday, holiday shopping […]

5 Things You Shouldn’t Bring On A Long-Term Trip (And What You Should Bring Instead)

By Kay Rodriguez | October 26, 2015

When I went to Southeast Asia, I’ll be honest, I lugged around a ton of useless junk. About a month in I realized how awful of a packing job I’d done and resolved to get rid of a bunch of my things. As the days dragged on, I even considered sending a package back to […]

Vacation Rental Checklist: 7 Things To Bring Along to Enhance Your Rental Experience

By Steph | August 17, 2015

Staying in a vacation rental is the next best thing to being at home when you’re on the road, and I mean that in the best way possible. There is something so comforting about coming back after a long day of exploration and having your own personal space. It’s more intimate than staying in a […]

6 Multipurpose Essential Travel Items That You Should Always Pack

By Kay Rodriguez | June 15, 2015

As backpackers, we challenge ourselves to travel as lightly as possible. So, when we’re faced with pricey high-tech organizational systems, quick-dry this and that, and other expensive travel novelties, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Never fear though, because, with just a few multipurpose essential travel items, you can keep yourself organized and clean for the […]

Packing for Southeast Asia: What to Bring and What to Leave at Home

By Jessica Dawdy | April 9, 2015

Packing for any trip is often more challenging than it initially seems. You don’t want to drag around more luggage than you actually need, but it’s also frustrating to manage for weeks or even months without some important item that you’ve mistakenly left at home. To a large extent, exactly what you pack, of course, […]

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Packing for Long-Term Travel

By Kay Rodriguez | March 3, 2015

In the days leading up to my Southeast Asia trip, I was a total mess. Clothes were strewn across the room, my bag a disorganized chaos of toiletries, chargers, and plastic bags. There was a never-ending to-do list of things I needed to finish, clothes to pack, and items to buy. My backpack was getting […]