What’s In My Bindle?
Wikipedia defines a bindle as a “bag, sack, or carrying device stereotypically used by the American sub-culture of hobos. A bindlestiff was another name for a hobo who carried a bindle. The bindle is colloquially known as the “blanket stick,””
I chose a 50 L rucksack style backpack for my upcoming European adventure. I chose a smaller backpack because I’m planning on bringing as little as possible, while keeping in mind that I need to pack (almost) everything I’ll need for the next 45 days.
I’m a bit of a minimalist. I’m choosing to try to pack as light as possible. To be honest, I’m actually concerned that I’m going to find myself wanting more space…But, I digress.
The backpack that I chose was actually a steal of a deal from Mountain Warehouse. I only paid about $50 and I’ve already gotten almost two years a fairly heavy usage out of it.
As a Canadian, I obviously had to sew the traditional maple leaf somewhere on my backpack. For extra Hobo effect, I opted to cut the flag part out of a toque instead of the usual cliché dollar store patch.
What I’m Bringing
- Shave Kit
-3 Pairs of socks
-3 Pairs of boxers
-1 Long johns
-2 Long sleeves
-1 Thin sweater
-1 Pair of jeans
-1 Waterproof jacket/windbreaker
-Extra Cell battery
-USB phone cables
-European outlet adapter
Altogether, my pack is weighing in at about 20 lbs. (or just under 10 kg)
With my pack being so light I’ll be able to avoid hefty checked-luggage fees.
Another benefit is the fact that I’ll be able to keep everything close to me at all times while I’m traveling.
A Bindle VS A Backpack
Back in the old days, when hobos rode the rails with reckless abandon, all that was needed was a blanket and a stick. Those days have long since past. In todays modern times, hobos find themselves needing more and more room in their bindles to be able to carry all of their digital hobo gear.
You can shop for backpacks anywhere. When I’m looking for a new backpack or any other sort of Hobo gear, I always warn that you should go out and try the product before buying it.
However, most high-end outdoor stores charge a fortune for backpacks and sometimes we just don’t have the time to get out and spend hours in a store. Checking on Amazon.ca for discounted products is always a great way to save money when planning any type of adventure