I read one to two books per week; I spend about two hours per day lying in my hotel bed reading a book. I found a great way to hold my Travelers Reading Light; this is one of the best, because raises the reading light high enough for proper lighting.
Do you have a strategy -- a routine -- for unpacking and repacking your bag at each stop? It would be good to hear it if you do, as you seem to make your room into a home rather than just living out of a bag.
This is almost exactly the same as a design i was thinking about recently to adapt my reading lamp to clip-on using a sprung test-tube holder (http://orgchem.colorado.edu/equipment/images/ttholder.jpg). Not sure where I put my test-tube holder, however.
Do I have a strategy for packing and un-packing?
First, let us think about the end goal.
"Set up my Travelers Nest."
Let us also assume, the traveler nest also included the neighborhood.
I need in neighborhood:
1. Super Market
2. Internet cafe or back up Internet.
3. Transportation close, Moto Conchos or Taxi etc.
4. Friendship conversations
2. Place to cook
3. Desk or table
4. Clothes Line
6. Fan and window for ventilation
The first goal, the neighborhood is chosen first, I know you Wade, you are not lazy enough, you will walk too far looking for cheap, there is a compromise needed, find your Internet, laundry, friendship first, then the room. I study the maps from the LP for the obvious center of the backpacker universe.
- Here in Sosua it is Rockys Restaurant, which sadly is also the center of Boom Boom working girls.
- Beach is a factor here, but not not in all locations.
Inside the room strategy.
-Dump my bag
- Walk around in room for one hour until the bag is full.
I pile things into compartments
2. Backpack Organizer
3. Front Pack
4. Big Backpack
I make the four pile or compartments, I separate and place on the bed.
After everything is in a pile, I then proceed to pack.
One missing thing caught in the sheets, under the bed, in the toilet can force me to unpack my bag.
Note, the simple solution and the reason why many people go super light is because they are so disorganized, they need to not carry anything to be happy. I try to carry more, but light, not to go super light.
How can a person be happy when they deny themselves of pleasure.
Super light travel to me is about a person who cannot solve problems, therefore they take the easy solution, they do not carry items.
We must avoid the temptation to have gadgets, just because they are cool.
I think I need to make a video, this compartment thing is not the logic people use. I also call it box theory. I do not micro file things, I box them up, this makes a smalller areas, but still is filed.