Welcome to The Packable Life

Hi, I’m Noel. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m a minimalist traveler and ultralight backpacker who seeks out budget-friendly destinations. Through this website, I earn money to fund my adventures.

I created The Packable Life to help you:

  • Pack lighter
  • Travel longer
  • Hike farther

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Travel Resources

A man sitting in a natural pool of water above Mooney Falls in Havasupai, Arizona
Travel Resources

How to Start a Travel Blog in 2023: Travel, Create (& Get Paid)

How to Become a House Sitter (& Find Long-Term Sitting Jobs)

Travel Essentials: Necessities for Men & Women in 2023

Budget Travel Tips: Frugal Advice on How to Travel Cheap

Minimalist Travel Backpacks for One Bag Travel in 2023

Packable Travel Hats for Men in 2023 [Crushable & Stylish]

My Carry-On Only Packing List for 2023: Pack Light, Travel Right

Best Camp Showers to Keep You Fresh & Clean in the Wild

Minimalist Travel: Packing List + Best Gear [Ultra-Efficient]

Personal Item Bags for Underseat Carry-On Travel in 2024

Pack Light, Travel Right: How to Travel With Less (Like a Pro)

Van Life Essentials: Best Gadgets, Gear & Accessories List

Complete Travel Resources Guide

Travel Guides

Train in Hanoi, Vietnam coming down the tracks in a narrow alley
Travel Guides

Hanoi in One Day: A 24-Hour Guide (Tips, Costs & Itinerary)

The Ideal Colorado Road Trip Itinerary (Ideas, Costs & Map)

Vietnam on a Motorbike: My 10-Day Road Trip (Route + Itinerary)

Living in China: What Life is Like as an Expat (Pros & Cons)

Chengdu’s Wenshu Monastery Neighborhood: What to Do (and Eat)

Osaka Street Food: 12 of the Best Street Eats in Japan’s Kitchen

Denver in One Day (On the Cheap): A Local’s 24-Hour Itinerary

My Travel Journal

A man sitting on a motorbike in the middle of a muddy dirt road with a wooden shack to his right and jungle in the background
My Travel Journal

My Chengdu Street Food Marathon: 32 Snacks in 10 Hours

5 Days in Hong Kong: My Spontaneous, Wild & Itinerary-Free Trip

Traveling Sucks Sometimes: My 12 Worst Travel Stories

A Couple Traveling Solo: Why We Prefer to Divide and Conquer

Fostering Pets Abroad: Kittens Have Taken Over Our Apartment

Hiking & Backpacking Resources

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Hiking & Backpacking Resources

8.2-lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 2024 Optimal Setup

Best Backpacking Tents of 2023 [Budget, Ultralight & More]

Essential Backpacking Gear: 15 Items I Can’t Hike Without

Waterproof Backpacks to Keep Your Gear Dry in 2023

Gifts for Hikers 2023: Unique Gifts Ideas (Any Budget)

Backpacking Food: Meal Plan Tips & Ideas for Your Next Hike

Best Ultralight Tents for Backpacking & Thru-Hiking in 2023

Hiking & Backpacking Snacks for Energy on the Trail

Budget Backpacking Gear: Cheap 10 lb Ultralight Kit [Sub-$500]

0-Degree Sleeping Bags 2023 [for Winter’s Cold Weather]

Dog Backpacks for Hiking of 2023 [Harnesses & Carriers]

Get Paid to Hike: 10 Hiking Jobs to Make Money on the Trail

Hiking & Backpacking Songs: Unique Music for Your Playlist

Complete Hiking & Backpacking Resources Guide

Hiking & Backpacking Trip Guides

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Hiking & Backpacking Trip Guides

Best US Cities for Hikers: Visit (or Live) Here for Primo Hiking 

Torres del Paine ‘O’ Circuit: Patagonia’s Top Trek (2023 Guide)

Columbine Lake Trail: Superb Hiking Near Silverton, Colorado

Huemul Circuit Hiking Guide (Route, Camping, Equipment, Weather)

Bukhansan National Park: Hiking Dobongsan’s Jaunbong Peak

4th of July Trail: Hike Nederland’s Gem (Arapaho Pass + Lake Dorothy)

Hiking the Appalachian Trail: 20 Tips from an AT Thru-Hiker

Hiking Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu [Step-By-Step Guide]

Hiking & Backpacking Gear Reviews

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Hiking & Backpacking Gear Reviews

Osprey Exos 48 Review: A Formidable Ultralight Backpack

Montbell Plasma 1000 Alpine Down Parka Review

Solomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Review: An Elite Backpacking Boot

Montbell Permafrost Light Down Parka Women’s Jacket Review

Patagonia R1 Review: Regulator Fleece Pullover Hoody

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback about my travel and hiking journey.