@GeneralAnubis Have fun on your trip. I lived a year abroad (working for outward bound) with one 60 pound backpack from summer through a snowy winter. Think about laundry and how quickly something will dry washed out in the sink the night before. Also buying what you need as stuff wears out works well.
@hchavers The scuttlebutt I’ve heard is that the hamsters went on strike for better conditions and an increased supply of paper towel cores. A bunch of crickets have been promised asylum from the horned lizards if they can keep the wheels turning until the hamsters relent. (It doesn’t seem to be working.)
These are a great example of something that looks like a good idea but was never actually used in testing. Inflating pillows are just miserable, I’d prefer a chopped up memory foam pillow anytime. These pillows will make your ears sweat.
@tightwad Yes. Inflating pillows tend “bounce” a bit when you move your head and I find don’t give the “right” kind of support. I also prefer the chopped up foam pillows that you can squash into a small package - or they roll into themselves. If you go that route though watch out for zippers. The HEST travel pillow is great, provided your face stays off the zippers (and expensive, I bought a “return” for less than half the price). I had to craft fleece “covers” for the zippers to pad them (attached by sewing one side by hand and small stick on velcro tabs on the other. Make sure the “tooth” part of the velcro is not going to catch hair so you want it to point “down” towards the pillow and not “up” towards your face.