What kind of travel packer are you?

There’s one thing about traveling which most of us hate (or at least dislike): packing! From those who just toss two t-shirts and some lingerie in their backpacks , to those who would rather carry their entire wardrobe around, there are many types of travel packers out there.

Sometime it’s a bright idea to bring cool gadgets and they can make your life easier, but other times it’s perfectly ok to be just you and a good old printed map. As much as possible, try to travel very lightly and remember that objects are always replaceable and your valuables are better left at home.

What kind of travel packer are you? Minimalist? Bring it all? Somewhere in between? Are you happy with your packing skills?

I never liked to drag a lot of luggage around, so I’ve always been a somewhat light packer. My biggest achievement so far has been carrying 8 kg worth of luggage (yes, it included my netbook with charger and other electronics) for two weeks in Italy and Greece , during winter (March). I thought I’ve done a pretty good job…that was until I had to walk quite a lot with the luggage in hand (sans wheels, of course, courtesy of flying a certain low-cost carrier). As a result, ever since that trip I’ve been back to using my old backpack. My packing skills definitely need some improvement and I think I’m doing better each time I travel.

» This week on BootsnAll: Articles you’ll read this week include: an interesting story about transitioning from a life in Italy to an incredible adventure in China, a guide to traditional Mexican food and drink, info on planning a trip to the world’s happiest places, a lovely piece on exploring, learning and helping in Kenya, and info on places to experience French culture outside of France.

Week 39 of the Indie Travel Challenge is all about packing.

What kind of travel packer are you? Minimalist? Bring it all? Somewhere in between? Are you happy with your packing skills?

Don’t forget to add your blog posts to the main Indie Travel Challenge page – and be sure to include a picture when you do (we love pictures!).

The Indie Travel Challenge is a year-long blogging project. Every Monday, we’ll post a new prompt, question, or challenge that bloggers can respond to via text, photos, or video. Respond on your own blog, and link back to BootsnAll so we can find and highlight the best submissions.

Check out the Indie Travel Challenge landing page for all information related to the event. You can see the week’s daily prompt, follow the hashtag on Twitter, share your posts, and check out submissions from around the world.

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