Traveling light involves significant planning and a careful selection of gear. One of the best ways to compact your life into minimal baggage is to purchase a great travel backpack, one that you can easily carry on your back but also stows well for plane or train travel.
It’s important to consider the size of your pack. If it’s too big, you’ll end up packing more than you need — and the pack itself will carry extra weight. Too small, and you’re potentially leaving vital things behind. This process takes a bit of trial and error, so it may be worthwhile to buy one at a store like REI, where there is a friendly return policy.
Look for features like waterproof material, useful compartments and the ability to zip off and remove a smaller day pack. Some companies offer great warranties, many of them lifetime, which is great if you plan to commit to one type of pack and use it for a long time. With these warranties, you’ll be able to get your pack repaired, even from normal wear and tear. The tags in the store should help inform this decision. Osprey is one company that has a great policy.
As spring comes around in full force, people opt for a lighter coat that can protect them from the wind and rain of the season. In the beginning, there are still cold days to get through, but, as the weather shifts, it becomes more unpredictable with bouts of rain and sunshine. This unpredictable weather can make it hard to know how to dress properly, but it’s always a safe bet to own a couple light and versatile jackets to get through the season. Lightweight coats don’t need to be expensive to be effective. Many buyers will opt to buy less expensive coats because they don’t get used often. However, any coat purchased for spring weather will also be useful in the fall.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the last place you want to head is Mexico. While the holiday is associated with all things Mexican (or, at least, the American interpretation of all things Mexican, from the tacos to the tequila shots), the country’s celebrations aren’t as popular as what you’ll find stateside. Here are six places to go without leaving the country for an awesome Cinco de Mayo 2019.