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Glad I Brought: My Backpack

5 May

This is the first post in the “Glad I Brought” category which will highlight items that I brought from the States when we moved that have proved to be useful here. There will be two companion categories, as well: “Sorry I Brought” and “Wish I Brought.” I’m not sure if anyone who is preparing for a move will read this, but these are bits of information that I would have liked to have known when packing.

During our pre-move research, Ben and I learned that backpacks are not that common here. One of the major reasons is that they have pockets on your back, making it difficult for you to keep an eye on them while riding on a crowded metro car. I considered replacing my Jansport with something larger and more luggage-like if it was only going to be used for travel, but ultimately decided to stick with what I had.

This has turned out to be a great decision. While I rarely take my backpack with me when I commute to/from work, I frequently use it for grocery shopping. Even if we go to the store multiple times in a week, sometimes it is nice to pick up many things in one trip. We don’t have a car to load up, so we have to carry everything that we purchase from the store. It’s only a ten minute walk, but on the days when we buy a few cartons of milk and beer, the weight can add up quickly. I keep a crocheted shopping bag and old plastic bags inside my backpack, as well, so we can easily distribute the items.

I do think it is safer to avoid carrying anything important in a backpack, especially on the metro, but I would highly recommend having one here.

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