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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Joan
    Joan at | | Reply

    Well done! Very good ideas and some honest emotional reactions in there. I get a wee bit obsessive when packing for places with NO nearby stores……such as Borneo or Antarctica…..altho obsessive list using is THE way to go!

  2. Marge
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    Love your style. Very readable and practical. What we really need is packing light for a 75 year old female who is gone over a month. I find all these appeal to a much younger audience

    EASY TRAVELER at | | Reply

    Hooray for you! It’s SO nice not having to labor under all that un-needed stuff!

    I have my little Gossamer Gear Rukus down to just ten pounds. I am still trying to whittle a little more off.

    Traveling is FUN now! Another thing I found out was leaving stuff at home is a vacation from said stuff! You just have more time to really see and appreciate all those fabulous new places!

    I now notice other people struggling and WORKING with their huge heavy bags. I feel so sorry for them.

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  5. tam
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    I’m looking at maybe buying this bag. Is it comfortable, easy to access? Pros and cons please

  6. Beatrice
    Beatrice at | | Reply

    I read this, it makes absolute sense, yet, I don’t think I could never ever travel with just a carry on. I don’t know how you do it.

  7. Sally
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    I swear by packing light, I carried one of those big backpacks around Argentina for a month and I’ll never do it again. I’m glad you discovered the joy of it, too! 🙂

  8. Jac
    Jac at | | Reply

    I’m really impressed Jo! I also love how you laid out ever so clearly how you whittled away your load to something manageable, really informative post.

    I’m such a lazy packer – I generally like to err on the side of caution on my trips and pack a little bit more, but if I ever do end up traipsing around the world like you, I hope I’ll have the discipline (and bravery) to really just cut out all the crap!

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