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After almost 10 years of travel, I’ve realized that travel habits don’t change. Once a snap happy tourist, you’ll continue to always snap everything insight. Once unprepared in the airport security queue, you’ll always be holding everybody up. Once a last-minute airport souvenir shopper, it seems you’ll always forget to discover local artisans selling traditional crafts along the way.

So while I’ve been told time and time again I need to start taking my own advice for slimming down your suitcase, it’s time to come to terms with the fact that I am, and always will be, a severe overpacker! Though granted most recently, packing for 150 days of travel and fitting it into 20kg is no simple feat!

Packing for 150 days of travel. Fitting this...

Packing for 150 days of travel. Fitting this…

...and this...

…and this…

...and this...

…and this…

...into this!!

…into this!!

Holding firm to the notion that I genuinely need everything I pack for travel, I’ve begun looking for options which will help slim down my suitcase while allowing me to (a) keep everything, and (b) keep everything organized. Enter Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll.

I’ve tried compression sacks before, but this is so much more. Not only does the ingenious design compress your gear providing more space for everything else including the kitchen sink, it’s the first compression sack which comprises of separate compartments, allowing you to keep everything organized and separate for easy access later!

Think never having to dig around your luggage for your clothes because you know exactly where things are in your pack, think the ability to separate your dirty clothes from your clean, think a reduced packing volume of 38%!

I have the original Hoboroll, however GobiGear have just launched a kickstarter campaign for Hoboroll v 2.0. 2.0 will be 50% lighter, with 60% more volume, stronger clasps and additional features like inner pockets. I personally can’t wait for them to hit the market.

So while I may forever be destined to remain a severe overpacker, at least now I can fit everything into the one bag, and celebrate organized packing at the same time!

 About Megan Claire

Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. Crikey! This looks life changing! Thanks so much! I’m a digital nomad and I’ve recently (and probably foolishly) vowed only to travel with hand luggage from this point onwards.

    I’m just about to starting packing for a 3 month trip and have NO IDEA how many times it will take to pack and repack until I get it right. This could seriously be the end of all my luggage laments! I’ll definitely give it a go. Bryony :)

    • It’s seriously changed my life! WOW I’m impressed at your hand luggage vow – best of luck!! I don’t know if I could do it, but I am jealous at how simple it would make everything including transit!!

      Definitely give the Hoboroll a try – especially if you’re only using hand luggage. The separate compartments are going to be your biggest friend :)

      Safe travels! Wishing you an epic trip :)

  2. I could really use something like this! We travel with large packs and I’m always having to sift through to get to stuff at the very bottom. Usually just dump my pack upside down and then have to repack everything! Love the sections.

    • The compartments really are a lifesaver!

  3. love this blog post it reminds me of myself trying to pack travel or 2days LOL. Your site is awesome.. stop by my site sometime

    • Thanks Samelia lol I hope the Hoboroll helps you out with packing in the future then! Will head on over to check out your site now :)

  4. I don’t know…seems like for 150 days of travel you’re doing just fine! Doesn’t look like too much to me….But great job finding a bag that works for ya!

    • Thanks Dana! Lol we thought so too! Having completed pretty much all of our travel now, we’ve used just about everything we packed too, so no regrets :D!

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