Women are traveling today in record numbers. They globe-trot, sight-see their own country, or they may just venture to the county next door. Some women go it alone, others like a group. Whatever the particulars, traveling light and, at the same time, having everything you need, takes some strategizing before you ever leave home.
After you’ve decided on the destination, booked the tickets and outlined your itinerary, the most important thing is to determine what to take and how to get it there. Once upon a time, people who traveled took large suitcases and trunks. Of course, many of these people were wealthy and had help. Today’s traveler is on their own. Even if you are with a group, your stuff is your responsibility.
Personally, I’ve had a backpack for years. The first time I strapped it on and walked through the airport, carrying only a purse, I knew it was a winner. While walking or standing, it freed up both hands to dig in my purse for paperwork, or money for a purchase. Sitting at the gate, it rests at my feet, and I can easily grab my computer, a book or a sweater.
What do you require?
No matter where you’re going or for how long, there are a few imperatives regarding your belongings.
- Safety – Anti-theft locks and closures are a must.
- Comfort and convenience – A backpack is easier to carry than a hand-held bag. There’s support from larger muscles. It’s also more convenient because it not only frees up your hands, you won’t set it down and forget it.
- Economy – Buy exactly what you need. No more, no less. Frills are a waste of money.
- Quality – Any kind of travel/mobility is hard on luggage and carry items. Lightweight and tough as nails is ideal for longevity.
How to get your money’s worth.
There are hundreds of types of backpacks, with numerous functions for the user. An item that started its life as a durable piece of cloth with straps, the backpack has taken center stage. There are packs for hiking, weekend trips and 2+month excursions around the planet. It’s important to do a little research to make sure you purchase exactly what you want and need. Today, packs are made to last forever. The saying, “You get what you pay for” is 100% true here.
Women, in particular, need to be fitted for a good travel backpack. Height, frame and condition are priorities for choosing your backpack. It may be on your back nearly every day of your trip. A pack that has a removable day pack here is ideal.
How active are you in your daily life? Do you exercise – in a gym, at home, walk around the neighborhood? Actually, being active doesn’t mean 3 hours of cardios. But too much sitting isn’t good. Readiness for any kind of activity means get in shape early.
If you are an experienced traveler, you probably know the drill for sight-seeing all day, or hiking the trails. I’d love to hear your stories – good, bad, funny, scary.
If you’re new to traveling, check out the websites I’ve listed in my previous post, Senior Women Traveling Alone, on this website. And leave comments or questions, please. We’ll find someone with the answers.