I have been deliberating for about 12 months.
Do I want or need a backpack?
Correction: I need nothing but would a backpack be a practical addition to my travel life?
I am off on a long haul trip next week and with all the extra vigilance required I have more to carry than I normally would. It probably will prove redundant but I prefer to be prepared. A backpack seems like a great idea right about now. The idea is it can be more accommodating than a handbag and less cumbersome than a wheelie cabin bag. I have my European travel down pat and carry very little but this trip to Australia means substantial baggage.
I was once the queen of the backpack.
Remember when Prada made the nylon accessory the handbag go-to? I never left home without mine and found it very practical, especially as I had little children to manage. My hands were free, my shoulders straight and everything I possibly needed was inside.
Fast-forward 20 years and I am back reunited with the backpack; we have made up and are about to take a turn together. I hope it is a good solution – I will be checking a big suitcase so I need provisions for the journey but not a cabin bag. It’s all sounding complicated which is the last thing I want; I believe in making travel easy and that starts with making it lightweight.
Carrying weight – the kind I can’t avoid – makes me tired. That’s part of my two-fold “make traveling easier” theory – “weight” and “legs”. By legs I mean it is the number of changes a journey requires that makes us tired not the time spent on each one. A direct flight, even if it is 10 or 12 hours long is so much less tiring than two flights with a stopover or a plane, trains and automobile trek. What we carry has a huge impact on our tiredness because travel involves lots of waiting, standing, holding and walking long distances. It’s so easy to rack up 10k steps in some of these international terminals.
Hence, my new backpack.
I’ve chosen practical and lightweight fabric not only for ease of travel but also so I can wash it easily.
I will be standing tall with only a small crossbody to hold my phone, passport, cc and antiseptic everything. I imagine the airports will be quiet because who would travel if they didn’t need to? xv
Deliberated and Decided ✔️
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