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Guest post by Brooke Schoenman of Her Packing List.

Travel brings you to a world of unknowns. Will it rain at all when I’m there? Will it be crowded with tourists? Will I need this fancy little dress in case I meet the man of my dreams?

Tons of unknowns.

These unknowns make packing light for female travelers a nightmare. Getting all of your potential luggage down to a manageable, carry-on-sized level is even more of a struggle. Having said that, I have done carry-on only before, so it is very much so possible. It just takes a bit of prioritizing and a little ingenuity.

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Shark diving in Gansbaai

Guest post by Sarah Hishan of Musings of a Traveling Neko.

A short drive from Cape Town, the coast of South Africa is dotted with quaint towns and spectacular inlets, each equally hospitable and uniquely charming. At first sight, the sleepy fishing village of Gansbaai two hours away doesn’t quite seem to make the list and yet, its reputation supersedes all the others. And rightly so, for what it offers is truly magnificent.

The village acts as the gateway to facing one of the most efficient predators in the world from the security of a metal cage. Just a short boat ride from Gansbaai lies Dyer Island, home to more than 30,000 seals. And circling around it is the largest concentration of great white sharks in the world.

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Airplane overhead compartment

Frequent travelers know the importance of carry on bags to prevent checking luggage with its associated fees, inconveniences, and possibility of theft or loss. Unfortunately, carry on size and weight restrictions differ by airline. We designed the Tortuga Travel Backpack to fit within the most common dimensions of 22″x14″x9″. Below is a list of size and weight restrictions for carry on luggage (aka cabin luggage aka hand luggage) by airline. At the very bottom of the post is a pdf with additional details including the original metric measurements for foreign airlines.

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