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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re probably a gear junkie like me. Or maybe you’re trying to get your packing under control and are here to learn how to travel carry-on-only.

Either way, you want to know what to pack and how to pack it.

We write as much as we can but aren’t the only ones covering travel gear. Check out some of our favorite travel gear blogs below. Some of these sites inspired us while designing the Tortuga Travel Backpack and while starting this blog.

NOTE: We already covered our favorite travel hacking blogs in an earlier post.

1. For Everything You Need to Know: One Bag

Doug Dyment, OneBag

Doug Dyment of

One Bag is more of a bible than a blog.

The often-updated site for all things carry-on was started in 1996 by writer and speaker Doug Dyment.

The exhaustive site covers ‘What to Pack,’ ‘What to Pack It In,’ ‘How to Pack It,’ and a variety of packing lists.

I first discovered One Bag when we were still in the conceptual stages of the Tortuga and long before we ever started blogging.

Doug’s writing on rectilinearity is why we designed the Tortuga to be as rectangular as possible. Bags with rounded edges make look “cooler,” but they fit less stuff despite having the same footprint as the Tortuga.

Like Doug, we believe that dual-purpose travel bags are “compromise solutions.” That’s why the Tortuga is only a backpack and doesn’t convert into a shoulder bag.

Many thanks to Doug for his (unknowing) mentorship and guidance. Check out One Bag for everything you need to know to pack in a single bag for any trip. If you only read one packing site, make it One Bag.

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As budget travelers, we fancy ourselves to be rugged adventurers. But even adventurers have to attend weddings and go on business trips.

How can you uphold the carry-on-only ethos without ruining your expensive suit?

The solution is two-fold: folding and packing. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve likely mastered the latter. Folding is the tricky part.

If you’re like me, you roll your clothes when packing because rolling is easier than folding. I’m the guy that unfolds a shirt in a store but can’t figure out how to re-fold it. Apologies to the retail employees who have to follow in my wake folding clothes to make them presentable again.

Despite my shortcomings, I have successfully packed a suit in a carry on. A carry on backpack to be more specific. The Outbreaker 45 is plenty big enough to pack a suit, along with enough other clothes for a month in cold, rainy London.

Cramming all that into a backpack for a flight across a continent and an ocean probably wasn’t my finest packing moment, but my suit and I both survived.

I’m not good enough at folding to have done this on my own. Instead, I turned to Jesse Thorn of menswear blog and video series Put This On.

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This spring, I’m headed to China to meet with our factory, QA the next production run of Tortuga Backpacks, and continue work on new products.

Before the business leg of the trip, I’ll be spending a month in Vietnam exploring the country, drinking coffee, and eating everything.

The best part is I’m doing all this for $65.

I’m telling you this not to brag but to show you how do the same thing.

In this post, I’ll outline how I used Flightfox to find the flights and how I earned enough airlines miles to fly to Asia for less than the cost of my bus pass.

Why Flightfox

First, I tried booking my trip using American Airlines miles on Cathay Pacific (partners in the One World alliance). But I could only find award seats on outbound flights. I couldn’t get back home using miles.

Despite all of my traveling, I haven’t booked many flights using miles. When I have, I’ve done it through Virgin America’s simple interface. I quickly learned that getting a free flight from a major airline was going to be harder.

I turned to Flightfox’s travel hacking experts for help.

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