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Lugging long-term on the RTW

A lively debate about “backpack vs. suitcase” can break out among travelers, especially those on long-term and/or around-the-world (RTW) travel. For my present RTW, most destinations are urban settings, with visits to family and friends in various cities around the world. I also have every intention of stopping in a hotel once in awhile for the occasional splurge and total relaxation.

I’m traveling with these primary pieces:

  • North Face “Mentor” backpack, measuring 52 cm x 35 cm x 14 cm (20.5 in x 13.5 in x 5.5 in) and weighing 1 kg (2 lbs), composed of 600D + 1200D polyester fabric, and volume 33 litres (2015 cubic-inches).
  • Victorinox Werks Traveler 3.0, 22″ Deluxe (Victorinox Swiss Army 22″ Expandable Werks Traveler 3.0 Luggage), which I’ve already been using for various trips around the world since 2001. Weighing 9 pounds, the suitcase measures 24 in x 15 in x 10 in, which gives a maximum volume of about 58 litres. The suitcase is beat up in a few places, but the sturdy little guy is going to get one last “kick” and “workout” around the world this year. An advantage for this piece of luggage is that it fits into overhead bins on long-haul planes, e.g., Boeing 767-300, 777-300, 747-400, and Airbus 340 series, which are generally the kinds of planes used for transcontinental and international flights.

In early December, I packed up my household belongings in Chile for shipment back to Canada. This meant I packed simultaneously for my long-term travel. This had the benefit of having everything “out” at once, and separating things what I needed from those I didn’t. The drawback was having everything out at the same time, and deciding what was to go into storage, and what was to accompany me.


Above, left-to-right top-down:

  • winter scarf, toque, and gloves
  • cargo shorts
  • 2 pairs of jeans (1 not shown)
  • 2 packing cubes with shorts
  • 4 t-shirts, including 1 Columbia XCQ olive, 1 Columbia Titanium olive, 1 Columbia Titanium blue
  • 4 pairs long socks (1 pair not shown), 1 pair short-socks
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts (1 not shown)
  • 1 pair of indoor shorts

Above, left-to-right top-down:

  • 2 fleece pullovers in black and gray
  • 2 baseball caps (Canada, Canucks)
  • 1 green REI fleece jacket
  • 1 black Victorinox toiletry case
  • small black windbreaker
  • 1 large blue rain jacket by Sierra Designs

It’s now May, and I’m presently in the Bahamas for the entire month. I’ve added a new set of swimming trunks and a pair of sandals : light and easy to pack. The latter may be true, but I’m holding onto “less is more” as best I can.

I made the photos above with a 4thGen-iPodT and a Canon EOS450D. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

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