There are quite a few options out there to help remedy this challenge, and while anything can happen to you, the truth is that what you need to bring is totally dependent on what you plan to do. For example, if using public transportation to go from city to city, focusing mostly on the art and histories of the EU is your thing, then your packing list and your struggle with weight will vary tremendously than someone who plans to sleep in a tent and spend more time in nature.
Today, I wanted to bring to light a new product which provides multiple benefits. The HoboRoll by Gobi Gear is like a dry sack with a twist. It is a dry sack with openings at both ends, which can be closed off, and compartments inside that help you organize as well as compress your belongings. The HoboRoll is a very lightweight sack at 3.5 oz with five compartments that compress the amount of space required to store your items.
The HoboRoll runs at 18.5L, and with a height of 14” and diameter of 10”, it is small enough to pack in a rucksack or can be easily carried, or hung from your pack. The compression straps are the best, as you can pack several outfits in a small space, or you can separate your gear into this water resistent pouch, then by tightening the straps, you have greatly lessened the amount of wasted space. I found the fabric to be quite striking and lightweight, but built to last. I wish I had the HoboRoll when I went on my trip… It would have saved me countless trips to the post office, mailing things home that ended up being too heavy or too bulky.
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Article written by Brandon Scott