Lucky for you all, I have made one huge mistake while on my adventure that you now get to learn from, without much back breaking on your end. And that, was packing the right bag. You will end up traveling, so its just smart to have a bag that can make the trip, without hurting your precious muscles.
I traveled to Kingston on private and public bus and taxi transportation, getting off and on and off and on numerous different seats. I stood and waited around for them all, and then lugged it around in a rush to catch the next departing ride. I had bought a great bag from Urban Outfitters that I used too, as a carry-on bag at the airport. And its purpose was PERFECT for that kind of adventure, but not so much the Lets-Go-Hike-The-Blue-Mountains, kind of overnight bag. It was a cross over large bag that lets just face the facts, was stupid to think would cut it. After hiking from 2 AM for over 7 1/2 hours, my knees were barely able to bend. I was in so much pain the last thing I wanted to do that same day was lug around a cross shoulder bag that dug and cut deep into my shoulder because of the amount of crap I had in it. I am not an avid hiker, but you would have thought common sense would have kicked in when I was packing for Jamaica. I knew too, that one of the things I wanted to do before I left was hike the Blue Mountains, so It wasnt as if I was caught off guard. Common sense just was not my packing friend…
- Let common sense be your driving force while packing.
- Find a bag that is roomy, you will need it when going on overnights.
- A comfortable strap is a no brain-er. It can be cute, and practical at the same time.
- Try looking for a bag that is pretty well secured when closed. A zipper and a closing flap is ideal because it is pretty easy for someone to steal something while your back is to them, so having extra security is smart. Also, if it is possible for a lock to be added that’s a plus.