Packaroo 1.1 - Introducing Reusable Pack Lists

We do a lot of camping and when we do, we end up bringing most of the same gear on each trip. Once we’ve created a rock-solid pack list for camping, we just want to use that list over and over again. With Packaroo 1.1, this just got a lot easier.

One simple way to do this is to take an existing trip that we want to reuse, and then uncheck all of the packed items on that trip. It’s a quick solution that works especially well if we travel over and over again to the same destination.

The truth is we really do go camping in Moab a lot, so a camping list for that destination would be reused over and over again. To make things crystal clear, with Packaroo 1.1 we can name our trip to help identify what type of items are in the list.

But we aren’t just fair weather campers, we like to go camping when most people think it’s way too cold. Of course we pack slightly different gear in the colder months, so we need a way to make a copy of our existing trip and then modify it for cold weather camping. With Packaroo 1.1, here’s how that works…

But surely we don’t camp only in Moab. What happens if we are planning a camping trip to some place we’ve never been, like Lake Tahoe in November?

With Packaroo 1.1 we can duplicate our existing cold weather camping trip to Moab, and then change the destination of the new trip to Lake Tahoe. That way we can see packing recommendations tailored specifically for our new destination.

With Packaroo 1.1, we’re going to spend less time preparing for trips and more time posting exceptionally beautiful pictures about them.

We're Going Somewhere

Now that Packaroo 1.0 is out in the wild, we thought it would be prudent to talk a little about where we are going with this thing.

In our initial release we’ve laid the foundation for the future of Packaroo. Simply enter your destination and instantly see recommendations of what smart travelers pack and why. We've researched destinations in over 130 countries! It’s a simple way to generate a packing list, keep track of what's packed and what's not packed, and to shop for those items you need to pick up before you go.

photo of sign post

So what’s next? We have some ideas …

  1. Create your own items and add them to custom collections
  2. Share your pack list
  3. Pack for more than one person at a time
  4. Create trip templates as a starting point for camping, road trips, business trips, etc.
  5. Trigger trip creation from TripIt
  6. Allow you to suggest to other users what to bring to specific destinations
  7. Shop at REI, Zappos, and more

The list keeps growing, and we are counting on you Packaroo people to let us know your ideas.

In the meantime, we hope you will take this first release of Packaroo for a ride. Happy trails and safe travels.


Socks To Be Me: Packing The Basics

Packing lists vary necessarily depending on the destination, time of year, and purpose of your trip. However, there are a handful of items that you'll want to bring no matter where you go or what you're doing. In this post, we take a stab at discussing something found in most everyone's suitcase - socks. With the right selection underfoot, you'll feel at home wherever you go.

Socks to wear through TSA - Be the person in the airport security line who can slip off their shoes in the blink of an eye, while maintaining their dignity in their stocking feet. For this task you'll want to be wearing a pair of AlterChoice Crew Socks for Adults. Your fellow travelers will think you know somebody.

Socks to wear on the airplane - If you're traveling on a long flight, you might want to slip into a pair of compression socks. They help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling. Nothing will get you off to a worse start than not fitting back into your shoes when the plane has landed.

Socks for walking - Once you've arrived at your destination you're likely to be on your feet a lot. For this you'll want something that will protect your feet while keeping them dry. In hot weather, bring a couple pairs of no-show performance socks. In the colder months, bring along hiking socks to pad your feet and keep them warm.

Socks to hide your smelly feet - You don't have to be isolated from the rest of the pack. Slip into a pair of Bacteria & Fungal Resistant Crew Socks and no one will know your dirty little secret.

Socks to wear when you don't want anyone to know you're wearing socks - We get it. You've got a reputation to uphold. You're that person who never wears socks, not even that time last Winter when you were forced to wear a suit. No problem, throw a pair of these in your pack and you can simultaneously protect your feet and your persona.


How To Consume Water In Thailand & Cambodia

By Sue Foster | Sun, Apr 14 2019

On a trip to Thailand and Cambodia, we brought along a few items that we now consider essential whenever we're traveling to places where:

  1. The tap water isn't considered safe to drink - like in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe.
  2. We have access to kitchens - like Airbnb, rented condos, etc.
  3. Dehydration is likely - in hot climates, at high elevations, and anywhere where we're physically active.
photo of Thai beach

Drinkable Water

The first item to consider bringing is a water purifier. In most places in the world, you can pick up bottled water instead of treating tap water. However, you can minimize your impact on the environment, save some money, and feel a little more self-sufficient by having a water purifier on hand. We had an excellent experience using the SteriPen. It is compact, light-weight and super easy to use. Most of all, we did some research on its effectiveness before deciding to try it. Look it up yourself, these things really work.

How we purified the water:

  1. Fill up a Nalgene Bottle with tap water
  2. Turn on the SteriPen and look for the flashing green light indicating that it is ready to use.
  3. Swirl the SteriPen in the water until the light turns off. It doesn't take very long.

That's it. Now you have safe water, and you can use it for two drinks that will pick you up and keep you up throughout the day.

A Good Cup of Coffee

The first drink of course is a good cup of coffee. We always travel with an AeroPress, given that coffee makers in random kitchens can be dubious at times. This device is compact, easy to use, and easy to clean. Coffee experts throughout the world will tell you that it makes an outstanding cup of coffee, and we can travel in peace knowing that we've got this important aspect of our trip covered. Depending on where we're traveling, we bring along enough coffee to get us started or get us through the entire trip.

Electrolyte Water

The other drink that is important to us when we are traveling under conditions that lead to dehydration is something that will replenish electrolytes. On our trip to Thailand and Cambodia we brought along packets of Skratch Labs Lemon/Lime Sport Hydration Mix, mixed them with about two-thirds purified water in our Nalgene Bottles and then put them in the freezer over night. The next morning, we filled the remainder of the bottle with more clean water and took it with us on our adventure of the day. It stayed cold and was amazingly refreshing in the heat and humidity.

Recommendations in Packaroo

When you create a trip in Packaroo to a place that is hot or at a high elevation, Packaroo will recommend that you bring along the following items:

  1. Water Purifier
  2. Wide Mouthed Water Bottle
  3. Coffee Maker
  4. Coffee
  5. Electrolyte Powder

Why Packaroo?

By Sue Foster | Sun, Mar 17 2019

We're list makers. Hidden somewhere in the backs of our brains is the deep truth that if we don't create a list for our trip to Vanuatu, we're going to forget that one critical item necessary for the trip to be a success. But why, you might ask.

Because we're forgetful. Countless times we've headed out the door on a business trip leaving behind the most basic items - a lightning cable, some socks, or most tragic of all - our deodorant. You're probably thinking that leaving behind a few things on a business trip is not that big of a deal, and you are right.

Our real problem is that we're lazy. When we are planning a trip to the far corners of the world, we don't want to spend a ton of time researching what to bring along on the trip. Instead we created Packaroo, a tool that tells you what to bring based on your destination, makes it easy to keep track of what you need to pick up before the trip, and helps you fine-tune your packing skills over time.

It's an app created by lazy, forgetful, list makers. We think you're going to love it.