My travel gear
Do you start packing weeks before you go travelling? Or do you leave it till the day you fly? Packing for a long trip abroad takes on many forms. While some people want to make sure that they are ready for every scenario possible, others prefer to pack light and take a few risks here and there.
After a few 6+ month trips, I more and more identify myself with that last category. As I always travel with one or two backpacks, an extra pound here and there makes a huge difference. On my first trip, my biggest backpack weighed 23 kg (51 lbs), while on my last trip I got it down to only 9 kg (20 lbs)!
I learnt to pack only the essentials and only buy gadgets that are compact and add value to my trip. Often, I like to work during my travels, so I will bring my laptop along.