26 Jan We are done backpacking…
I’m sick of it!
I’m just done!
Look at us the first day of our trip, so naive, backs not sore, not sick of carrying our life on our backs yet.
We have been tweaking our packs since the day we left. We’ve had two major overhauls attempting to alleviate the pain of travel days, but both have been expensive fails. Each got a little better than the last, but it has been getting to the point where travel days were becoming painful, literally!
So we traded in our backpacks
Go ahead judge…
There is defiantly a thing in the backpacking community and you don’t want to be consider a tourist and not a backpacker. And true backpackers don’t have wheels. I too was pretty dead set against having wheels on my pack before we left. But that was then, and there is a lot of shit I didn’t know before we stepped on the plane our first day, this was one of them.
Maybe it was coincidence, but maybe not, just as we were going to buy our rolling bags in Bangkok we over heard a conversation behind us. It was a group of young backpackers talking with a new member of their traveling group. The conversation went something to the effect “you are a backpacker right? You’re not one of those suitcasers, are you?” To which Hannah and I both looked at each other and chuckled to ourselves.
In the first 6 months of our trip I can remember only a handful of times when having a backpack vs a rolling pack came in handy, the rest of the time it was just a pain in the neck… and the back, and the shoulders.
So am I going to loose all my backpacking cred? I honestly don’t care. It’s kind of some macho BS anyways, I am not 19 anymore and 50 pounds (23kgs) on my back for a long time just kinda sucks. If anyone really wants to push the issue I am on a 2 year trip, not a 2 month holiday.
If I have to I can still pullout my straps and backpack-it!
**UPDATE Sept 23 2014** Both of the above bags which were purchased in Bangkok both lived their lives and were falling apart while in Africa, let’s just say they were being held by duct tape…So we have traded in the cheap wheelie bag’s pictured above for the wheel deal Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Luggage (28-Inch/80 Liter, Steel Blue). This backpack is the mac daddy of wheeled backpacks. We first got this bag in June 2014 and am more than happy 3 months later.
Our carry-on bag which hold’s the computers, hard drives, spare clothes, etc is now in the North Face Overhaul. You will notice this bag doesn’t have wheels but that’s ok as it fits better in the overhead bins and we have decided to get a dedicated camera bag as we have expanded our camera gear. Adam now carries