Why wisepacking?

It’s the culmination of experiences gained through forty years of hillwalking and travelling around the UK and Europe for leisure, work, training courses, conferences, and a whole lot more.

I don’t recall using a suitcase on trips. I’ve used 65 litre backpacking and climbing packs, 60 litre travel bags, 40 litre holdalls and have now graduated to using a 40 litre travel pack that’s used as hand luggage. The chances of wanting to pack and use a big pack for any future travels is somewhat unlikely as self and GF are now travelling hand luggage only for all of our travels that don’t involve taking the car anywhere.

It’s a great way of saving money as you don’t have to pay the hold luggage fees that several airlines charge nowadays. Or the extra cash that some taxis require for any bags that are stashed in the boot. You can get out of the terminal quicker as you don’t have to wait at the luggage carousel or have that sinking feeling that comes with having breakfast at home, dinner at your destination and your luggage still at the departure airport…

It also means that you could stretch your legs by walking to your hotel after three hours on a train or five hours on a bus. And use the money you would have spent on a cab to buy a nice cold beer or a few shots of caffeine. Or help you run for a bus or train if you’ve lingered too long over that last espresso. Or find a left luggage office if you have a few hours to kill between trains, buses or ferries.

The mix you’ll find on here will revolve around suggestions, reviews, opinions and ways to find out more. It could be a suggestion that gives you a list of carry on luggage criteria for a host of airlines, a review of a particular item of clothing, pair of shoes or a piece of equipment. Or it could be an opinion based on something that’s been in the news, witnessed or tasted whilst we’ve been on our travels, something in the news or a link to a site that has more to say about a destination or subject.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

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About Keith Rickaby

Fiftysomething writer and occasional photographer who has worked in both the tailoring trade and the outdoor/travel clothing, equipment and footwear game. Past lives include working as an outdoor instructor, managing three bands and doing PR work through an agency or my own contacts. Was a student in the mid-90s and whilst I'm originally from the North East, I'm now firmly based in't Yorkshire...
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