Onebagging is not a competition.

September 14, 2017 - Comment

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. There’s no medal for having the lightest bag or the least amount of clothes. This is the definition of a onebagger per the sub: A onebagger is someone who temporarily or permanantly lives out of one or two bags, possibly owns transportation, and possibly uses dwellings.

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.

There’s no medal for having the lightest bag or the least amount of clothes. This is the definition of a onebagger per the sub:

A onebagger is someone who temporarily or permanantly lives out of one or two bags, possibly owns transportation, and possibly uses dwellings.

Nowhere does it say your bag must be small, or that it must be a certain weight. It is not uncommon on this sub to see a lot of condescending posts which deride someone for bringing too many items. To be honest, I’m a little sick of it. This forum should be about promoting the onebag lifestyle in a way that caters to all. Dare I bring a book because it is 50 g heavier than a Kindle? Do what you feel is right.

My thoughts:

  • It is preferred to have a little space in your bag for miscellaneous purposes. Even if all of your things fit a certain size, going a size up doesn’t hurt.
  • 90% of onebaggers look the same. They all have the same clothes, the same backpacks, the same underwear, etc. Be different. This thread is worth a read.
  • A bag is a bag. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on these expensive Ospreys and Tom Bihns and whatever else the heck is on the market. If your stuff fits in, and it’s comfortable, use it.
  • Lastly, and this is a combination of my previous points: I feel like there’s a viewpoint on this sub that without all of the expensive items, one can’t effectively onebag. Not true.

About me: I’ve travelled to 30+ countries in the past decade. I own some merino wool items. Merino wool is awesome, but probably not worth the extra dollars for most people – realize this. I prefer to carry less than to carry more. I one bag a lot.

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