I move a lot and often. Help me live out of my backpack.
I'm moving to New York next month, and it'll probably be a sublet so I'll be moving again in a couple of months. I learned that room-renting moves pretty quickly, so I'll have to be ready to get on a train on, like, a day's notice. I'd also like to be ready to move in on short notice, too, so I'm into the idea of being able to bring everything with me wherever I go.
It'd be great if I could travel light through all of this, and with the help of onebag.com
, I've decided it wouldn't be impossible. I don't own a lot, so I think if my bag was big enough I could fit everything I own into one bag. This is a much better idea than the time I mailed my things to myself in twenty small boxes.
I like this backpack
because it's 85L and it's pretty cheap. I don't know if 85L is too much, but I would like to bring more than four days' worth of clothes. I also want to fit literally everything I own in it, of course. I'll take other suggestions under $100, but the one I found is looking pretty good. I'm female, 5'2 if that matters.
Since a lot of these rooms I'm looking at are unfurnished, I don't want to buy a bed every couple of months, so I'm thinking of either getting a cot (I like this one
) or a sleeping bag (this one
). Which would be more comfortable for the long-term? I used to have an airbed, and it literally took four days to start to deflate. No, thank you. I'm leaning toward a sleeping bag because it will fit in the previously mentioned backpack.
Should I get travel cookware
? I'm starting to feel like I'm camping, but still...I have a small pot, but even that's pretty bulky. They stack together!
How could I make this sleeping situation more comfortable? I don't especially love sleeping on one thin layer, but to be fair my last sleeping bag was used and I had no pillow. I also used to have a futon, and it was worse than a sleeping bag. Mattress pad?
Would I look dumb walking around the city with a hiking backpack? The current alternative is an old, loud, big wheeled suitcase.
How many changes of clothes should I bring? I'm aiming for ten shirts and maybe five skirts, and as many undergarments as possible. I'll also have a hoodie, two sweaters, a winter jacket, winter boots, sandals, regular boots, and regular shoes. It's a little ridiculous, but what's more ridiculous is being unprepared for the fatal winter winds. I want to be ready to hand-wash my clothes, in case the laundromat is a hundred blocks away and costs $10 to wash my meager amount of clothes. So I guess I should get some soap or something.
Can I fit this thing on the Amtrak train? They're really lenient, but I at least have to fit it under my seat or up above.
Other thoughts? Packing tips?