How to pack your backpack

So this is one of those things, I used to know, but didn’t use for a while.  There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, but this video really helps solidify what I had come to accept as best practice anyhow.

I still can’t get over not packing to an external frame with the tent on the bottom and bed roll on the top, but that’s just me!



Foreign Travel, with kids

Recently returning from our trip to Japan with the kids, this was a fun read to compare “notes”.  Our trip had been my first with kids in a while, so it was frustrating after having been able to move through Singapore & Mt Fuji essentially by myself.

Some thoughts on the article:

  • You are going to need to pack less than you think you need to move easily.  A backpack seems like a good idea, but they are big and cumbersome on a train.  A well packed rolling duffel isn’t as bad as the author makes out.  But plan on leaving some underwear behind!
  • Slow is fast.  Or rather, if you want to enjoy the trip you’ll need stop far more frequently than you used to.  Parks, playgrounds & food are the cures to most traveling angst.
  • Three is to young to travel aboard.  I’ll just leave it at that.


Chuck Klosterman on Taylor Swift

I admit, 1989 has become a sort of guilty pleasure of mine.  We downloaded it after throughly enjoying the Shake It Off video dubbed to old workout videos.

I have always been a fan of Klosterman’s work, with my favorite being “Fargo Rock City”.

All this to lead up to say I really enjoyed his interview with her in GQ.  Enjoy! 

PS.  1989 by Ryan Adams is also very excellent.