‘Tis the season! It’s full swing Holiday season, and I am personally loving the distraction of decorating for Christmas and searching for the perfect present for all of my friends and family, despite not being able to celebrate together like I wish we could. This year, I’ve dedicated more thought into supporting small business and sustainable products with my gifts, and I wanted to share them for those still hunting down gift ideas for an outdoorsy friend!
While I am a serial under-packer and my family is notorious for two-week travels across the globe with one carry-on per person, I’ve never done a real backpacking trip. My challenge: 10 weeks, 16 countries, 2 seasons, and one 55L backpack. Now it sounded doable at first, until I realized packing for Iceland in March is very different from Greece in May. After packing and unpacking multiple times (and cutting a few beloved favorites) I have come to one very packed 55L backpack, and all of essentials for the next ten weeks.