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!

http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/how-to-pack-a-backpack-the-right-way-1737844696

 

 

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.

Enjoy

http://nytimes.com/2015/10/18/travel/travel-with-kids-backpacking.html

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!

http://www.gq.com/story/taylor-swift-gq-cover-story 

PS.  1989 by Ryan Adams is also very excellent.