Welcome to The Packable Life


Hi, I’m Noel. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m a minimalist traveler who seeks out budget-friendly destinations. I hike and backpack as much as I can along my journey, and blog about it all as I go.  Through this website, I earn money to fund my adventures.

I created The Packable Life to help you:

  • Pack lighter
  • Travel longer
  • Hike farther
  • Blog smarter

Ready to get started?

Here’s a list of my favorite travel, hiking, and blogging posts to help you along your journey.

Travel Resources

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

My Carry-On Only Packing List for 2020: Pack Light, Travel Right

Ultra Minimalist Travel Packing List for a Week (Extremely Light)

How I Saved Money to Travel the World (For Two Years and Counting)

Complete Travel Resources Guide

Travel Guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traveling Sucks Sometimes: My 12 Worst Travel Stories

Fostering Pets Abroad: Kittens Have Taken Over Our Apartment

Hiking & Backpacking Resources

9.7 lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (2020 Optimal Setup)

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

74 Hiking & Backpacking Songs: Unique Music for Your Playlist

Complete Hiking & Backpacking Resources Guide

Hiking & Backpacking Trip Guides

A hiker with a hat on a winding mountain trail

Torres del Paine ‘O’ Circuit: Patagonia’s Top Trek (2020 Guide)

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

Bukhansan National Park: Hike Dobongsan Mountain (Jaunbong Peak)

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

Hiking & Backpacking Gear Reviews

Above view of muddy boots on a hiking trail

Osprey Exos 48 Lightweight Backpack

Solomon 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boots

Montbell Permafrost Light Down Parka Women’s Jacket

Blogging Tips & Resources

Noel starting tiredly at his computer while typing an article on his travel blog

How to Start a Travel Blog in 2020: Travel, Create (& Get Paid)

Blogging as a Beginner: What I Learned in My First Six Months

How to Write a Perfect Blog Post Outline (7 Steps)

Complete Blogging Resources Guide

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