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Backpacking Adventure Recommendations

Backpacking is an adventure and opportunity you would not want to miss out on. You’ll have the chance to see places you’ve only ever imagined going to and experience things that are entirely outside of your comfort zone. However, there is a lot of planning to do before you venturing out into the great outdoors. Travelling the world with only a few possessions can be scary, but it is also undeniably exhilarating. When it comes to travelling abroad, there are two types of people. Those who stay with their friends and family, who share the experience and leave with unforgettable memories. And those who travel alone and integrate themselves into a culture with the mindset of cultural immersion and understanding. No matter what type of traveler you are, there are always going to be big obstacles to face when planning, especially when that trip is for a longer extended period of time. Two of these obstacles include, how you are going to maintain your home and how you are going to pack for the trip. Here are a couple suggestions to consider making these decisions.

Subleasing Your Apartment

An option that should be deliberated when travelling for long periods of time is renting out your home. There is a process in doing so, but it will reap more rewards than consequences more times than not. Renting your home could be a financial supporter towards your trip and extremely helpful to whomever becomes your tenant.
When preparing your home for a tenant, it is essential to make it as clean as possible. This includes storing away any personal items you would rather they not touched. Since a backpacking trip is usually only for a finite period of time, you’ll need to consider your storage options. People who rent their homes usually choose between two different methods of storing their valuables and personal possessions. You can either rent a self-storage unit during your trip, or you can lower the rate of rent and use a room in your home to store your possessions. If you use one of the rooms in your home for storage space, be sure to keep a lock on the door and take the key with you.
When renting out your home you will need to answer three important questions: are you capable of becoming a landlord, how much you can rent your home for, and have you found an appropriate tenant. Be sure that your home is as safe as it can be and that there are no home improvement jobs that will become issues later in the lease.

How To Pack for Your Backpacking Adventure

The other obstacle to overcome before you leave on your backpacking adventure is what and how you are going to pack. The first step on deciding what to pack, begins with laying out everything you think you’ll need to bring. From there you can decide what is essential. This usually includes cutting the amount of clothes you plan on bring in half. Clothes will ultimately be what takes up the most space in your bag. To use the limited space available as effectively as possible, roll your clothes instead of folding them and try to fill empty spaces with small or compressible items. A week prior to your trip departure, you should practice your technique on how to pack your bag as to prevent unexpected obstacles during your travels. The way you should organize your things would be by packing the lightest items at the bottom, the heaviest in the middle (against your back), and the middle weight towards the top of your pack. This will ultimately allow you to travel most comfortably over large expanses, by balancing and centering your weight. As seen below.

Your guide to a hassle-free spring break

Spring time is here which means thousands of students are exchanging their textbooks for swimsuits and beginning their spring break. US News Travel posted an article on the best affordable and accessible spring break destinations for college students. Popular destinations include: Miami Beach, Cancun, the Bahamas, Maui, and our very own San Diego, where our newest facility on 930 South 47th Street, San Diego, CA 92113 is expected to open May 2016. No matter where you are going, one thing is for certain, packing is stressful and a nuisance. Fear not, here are some tips that will make packing and preparing for your trip a whole lot easier.

Bring one bag: It may be difficult, but bringing only one bag that weighs around 20 pounds eliminates a lot of hassle. They can fit in an airplane’s overhead bin, saving you the cost of checking in a bag, and if you are going on a road trip, you won’t have to worry about your bag taking up too much space. Their small and light weight design makes it less of strain on your back and shoulders to carry or roll around which also decreases the risk of them getting lost or stolen.

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Spring breaker enjoying the freedom of traveling with only one bag

Pack light and very little: Believe it or not, you do not need to pack the entirety of your closet with you. To avoid bringing too much pack outside your suitcase by laying everything out that you think you may need and ask yourself whether or not it is worth it. Bring neutral colored clothing that you can mix and match or pack specific outfits for each day. You should also purchase travel-sized toiletries rather than bringing larger bottles. Lastly, leave your valuables such as your laptop at home; your smart phone should be enough!

Packing, rolling clothes
Rolling your clothes is the best way to make space in your luggage

Roll your clothes: Rolling your clothes instead of folding them not only creates extra space, but also prevents creases. It is also advised to invest in travel compression bags to keep clothes safe and well organized. This helps you pack lighter while ensuring that you are able to bring everything that you need.

Secure your dorm/apartment:  To prepare your dorm/ apartment for your departure, get rid of all perishable foods in your fridge and unplug all electronics to save you money on your electricity bill. To avoid burglary while you are away, make sure that all of your valuables are hidden out of sight and lock the doors behind you. If you feel uneasy about leaving your items unattended, look into renting a storage unit that you can keep for when it is it time to move out at the end of the semester.

Have Fun: Now that you are successfully packed and your apartment or dorm is well secured, you can fully enjoy your vacation. We at U-Stor-It hope that you have a wonderful and safe spring break!