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Thanks for the link. A bit of a long commercial for RS products but, hey, I think they sell good stuff, thoughtfully designed, tightly focused purpose. The article needed a valid feminine perspective to round it out, don’t you think? Women’s—and other guys’—toiletry needs go beyond mere soap and shampoo. Funny that he discovered merino wool so recently. Hemp has a terrible rep as a travel fabric. Like cotton, it tends to hold water forever. Has hemp changed? Laundry on the road: “65% clean is dang good, don’t stress out on laundry!” True, that. Covid safety: lots of N95s, common sense, surround yourself with science-minded vaxers, get lots of fresh air.

Posted by
22491 posts

It can certainly be done. I would never take jeans to Europe (too heavy and too slow to dry), but I use them on outdoor domestic trips to warm/dry destinations and hand wash them.

Posted by
6108 posts

So what? Doesn’t make him right and others wrong. They are just different styles. There are far too many posts on this forum about packing! Most Europeans take a checked bag, so “live like a local”!

Posted by
14435 posts

And he didn't discuss solid color t-shirts. They can go 4 times longer between washings because you can wear them;

Right-side out front
Right-side out backwards
Inside out front
Inside out backwards

A week each way gives you a month between washings. Same can be done with skivvies

Posted by
1405 posts

Big surprise to me was the hair styling product. It is not on my list of must pack items, hee hee. My favorite Uncle Rick product is the hanging toiletry kit which goes on every trip with me. When I check in and am unpacking I hang it in the bathroom and all my necessary products are ready for me. Love it.

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5131 posts

The article seemed more like a chance to sell items with the links for even shampoo than sharing valuable information. And this statement noted below has me mystified. I heard a lot of people coughing in Venice in June in a country with a great vaccination rate, so each museum and restaurant is only as “Covid safe” as the locals & visitors currently inside it.

“I want to keep my distance, and I don't want to be stuck in an enclosed area that's not ventilated with a lot of people who are unlikely to have embraced science and have their shots. I don't go to crowded interiors where you got a lot of people who culturally would be opposed to vaccinations. When I go to museums, and I go to the little restaurants I like to go to, and when I go to galleries and palaces in Europe, I'm surrounded by people who believe in science and love art, and they got their shots. ”

Posted by
3653 posts

That article was just advertising. A plug for Rick's store, plus the kickback on sales to the author. Rick's packing list, and recommendations on bags has been freely available for years to anyone with access to a guidebook or the website.

I think the only thing on that list that I've bought was the moneybelt. OMG, however have I managed to travel these past 40+ years!

Posted by
4544 posts

I love packing cubes, and RS turned me on to the concept. However, I have not found the RS ones to be durable. I have some from Lands End that are so much better.

I also have a money belt and the bag that goes around the neck. They are fine when I need something like that.

I have none of the other things, except, like Rick, I always bring my own shampoo.

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9219 posts

I’ve found the RS packing cubes to be very durable. I’ve been using them for 16 years and they are still like new. I’m leaving in a couple of days for a 10 week trip and I bought some new compression cubes to try. I’m not sure about them yet.

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4544 posts

Andrea, I wonder if they've changed. Mine are newer. There is a hole in one.

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42 posts

I've used my RS packing cubes since 2006 and haven't had any problems. I pack them full but not stuffed tight as they are not compression cubes.

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9219 posts

@ jules m, that’s entirely possible. I know the first cubes we bought in 2006, that I still use, are a little different than the cubes I bought for my daughter a couple of years later. The newer cubes have rigid edges.