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Tips and advice about travelling light.

Post Pandemic Travel

Post Pandemic Travel

I'm writing this at the end of April and all the signs are that Australia is well on the way to controlling Coronavirus. There's a lot of itchy feet out there and while international travel, except perhaps New Zealand, is certainly off the cards until 2021 it's...

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Supporting Backpackers

Supporting Backpackers

The global pandemic emergency has obviously canceled travel plans for people worldwide. It has also stranded many overseas backpackers in Australia and New Zealand who are now facing an uncertain 2020 without work, or a place to stay or family support. We've spoken to...

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Hiking light

Hiking light

We've talked before about how packing light can enable spontaneous adventure when traveling. One perfect example is hiking. In Australia and New Zealand we think of hiking (or tramping for you Kiwis) as trudging through the bush and camping under the stars. But in...

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Charge with a short cable

Charge with a short cable

Lightweight travelers are often away from power outlets for extended periods of time and hence rely on power banks to keep our phones and gadgets charged. A little known hack to maximise the efficiency of your power bank is to use a short, good quality cable. All...

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Is USB-C the one cable to rule them all?

Is USB-C the one cable to rule them all?

Is travelling with one cable finally possible? It looks like one-bag travellers may be in luck. The trusty USB – the workhorse port used in everything from phones to cars – is about to get even more useful. We’re talking about USB-C, potentially the holy grail of...

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Meeting Mrs Tang

Meeting Mrs Tang

In July of 2019 we travelled to Shenzhen, China to visit the factory that makes the Below7 Luggage Scale. A full account of the visit can be found on an earlier post. During the time we spent at the factory we had the chance to meet Mrs Tang. Mrs Tang works as a...

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5 gadgets for lightweight travelling

5 gadgets for lightweight travelling

We’re serious about lightweight travel here at Below7. We’ve spent years perfecting travelling with just one-bag, and we’ve made some great discoveries along the way. When it comes to staying below the 7kgs carry-on limit, every gram we save counts. We’ve got 5 tricks...

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Securing an Exit Row Seat

Securing an Exit Row Seat

I have long legs and this means that long distance flights in standard economy class seat are agony. This is why, over the years, I've developed a strategy to improve my chances of being assigned a free exit row seat. Check-in at the airport The first thing I've...

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3 Multi-Functional Travel Hacks

3 Multi-Functional Travel Hacks

We’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce the load and make travelling more convenient. One way to save on space and weight is by condensing your travel gear by packing multi-functional items that can be changed to suit your various needs. After all, packing...

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7 Eco-Conscious Travel Tips

7 Eco-Conscious Travel Tips

We all know about the carbon footprint associated with traveling. Air travel is the leading cause of air pollution, contributing 4.9% of human-caused climate change. We can’t give up the thrilling, enlightening and eye-opening experience that travel can bring, but...

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The Luggage Scale Factory

The Luggage Scale Factory

Getting to the factory was a mission. It is located in Baoan district, one of the electronics hubs in the enormous city of Shenzhen. The trip required us to take a shuttle from the hotel to the train station, a long train ride and and then a taxi. I was expecting a...

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7 tips to stay under the 7kg carry-on limit

7 tips to stay under the 7kg carry-on limit

The scenario: you’ve booked your trip. You’re already picturing yourself there. Exploring a new environment, trekking the new land, trying new foods. But then reality hits and you’ve got to get packing. The possibilities are virtually endless.7 continents on earth.7...

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What is a “Light Traveller”?

What is a “Light Traveller”?

The minimalism movement has taken the world by storm. Some may think it’s about owning less than 50 items, having hardly any furniture in your home, and rotating between 2 sets of outfits... but we see it as a tool to assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear....

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The ultimate carry-on packing list

The ultimate carry-on packing list

You’ve booked your new overseas adventure and you’re intending to only take carry-on this trip. “What to pack?” is the million dollar question. We’re seasoned carry-on travelers here at Below7, and over the years we’ve refined and tweaked our packing list to be ready...

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