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Box Fresh – Always Stick a Tupperware Box in your bag.

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  Maybe your thinking, β€œa whole article about an empty plastic box? How are you going to stretch this out for a whole article you lazy unimaginative Placement Advisor?”…. Well the answer is I DON’T KNOW YET!  

Hi. I’m doing another article on kit this week. I don’t know why all I seem to want to write about is kit and my favourite food in other countries…

I thought this week I would write an article about taking a Tupperware box abroad with you at the bottom of your backpack. Maybe your thinking, “a whole article about an empty plastic box? How are you going to stretch this out for a whole article you lazy unimaginative Placement Advisor?”…. Well the answer is I DON’T KNOW YET! But I do know that is quite a useful little tip an Australian Guy I met in Greece told me so I thought I would pass it on to you.

When carrying all of your possessions on your back in another country, organisation and proper packing is key. If like me you are a bit messy, having a Tupperware box at the bottom of your bag is a nice place to keep all of those little things that you just need to scoop up and dump somewhere when you move hostel (think torch, camera charger, plasters, pack of cards and spare change). You can just dump them in your box, clip the lid shut, shove it in your bag, and go. It is large enough to hold more than a side pocket and small enough that it is not awkward to store in your backpack. I have found it just consolidates everything in to one waterproof, un-crushable place and saves a lot of rummaging.

This might beg the questions “what good is all of the small change I have been saving up to buy street food if I have to unpack my whole bag to get to it in the middle of a market?” but in reality most modern backpacks have a zip down the side to allow you to get to things stored at the bottom quickly. If you want to see an example of the type of backpack I am referring to in this post please check my last blog post on packing, entitled ‘size is everything’.

I hope you find the right Tupperware box for your next trip. The only Tupperware I get to use here in the UK in for bringing my packed lunch to work :(. 

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