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Eastern Europe. July 2009.

The weather was hot, and we were covering a lot of ground on foot every day. Before reaching Hvar, we were spending these long, hot days in cities. We were sweaty and gross. Typical backpackers.

Unlike some of our brethren, we tried to maintain some dignity and actually clean our clothes.

Every night found us hand washing clothes in our hostel room’s sink, which was plugged up and filled with soapy water so that we could clean our socks, underwear, and t-shirts.

It wasn’t pretty, but it did keep us clean and save us from trying to navigate any Hungarian laundromats.

By selectively hand washing clothes while traveling, you can pack light and avoid re-wearing dirty clothes.

If you’re traveling for a week or more, doing laundry is the easiest way to pack significantly less.

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Packing carry-on-only is as much about what not to pack as what to pack. Getting your load down to just a carry on is all about subtraction.

We write a lot about what to pack. Today, we’ll cover which items you can safely leave at home to lighten your load, reduce your risk, and make your trip easier.

If you will be staying at a hostel, we already covered what not to pack for your hostel stay on the Hostelling International blog.

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