I back packed around Europe 20 years ago. I was on the road for over 3 months, and everything I needed fitted easily into a single echelon bag. Mine was quite filthy when I left - it had been out bush with me for months and never been washed. I took it figuring that thieves would first plunder the expensive looking back packs of my fellow travellers, and they'd leave mine alone - it looked like the sort of thing a wino would carry with him. And funnily enough, that worked most of the time. It took me an entire year of being away to fill it to the brim.
I spent a few days travelling with an American female. Her makeup kit weighed more than my single eshy.
Before I had kids, I could leave town for the weekend with nothing more than the following:
- spare undies
The teenager already has that ethic. He can go out all night without even taking any of these with him. I wonder how the rest of the kids will go?