|On a walk through Rye.|
Every year, the gear (mini-computer, camera, etc + an assortment of chargers and cords) seems to take up more space, and I have to become more minimalist about my clothing. And then there´s the chance I might find something I want to buy. My best trick is to save all the worn out clothes during the year, wearing it one last time for as long as I can on the journey and then throw it away. This year I did away with three skirts that were more or less in tatters and had more than enough room for the one book and the two bottles of malt vinegar that I bought.
Another good trick is to invest in a vest with multiple pockets. I felt a bit like a packmule in transit, but it´s totally worth it. Also, we always (if we can, and we usually can) sit at the emergency exit due to the extra leg room (the husband is tall), and in those seats it´s not allowed to have luggage under the seat in front of you. Which is impractical if you rely on always having a handkerchief, chapstick, and a book at arm´s length. The vest solves this problem for me.
For next year, I really need another bag. I´m looking for a 30-40 L backpack that is light as air. I may have found it...