Travel Dudes Founder Melvin Böcher Shares How to Pack and Organize Your Travel Bags

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher

I’m Melvin, the founder and CEO of Travel Dudes and COO of iambassador. With Travel Dudes we are one of the top travel influencers online. On Twitter there are over 270.000 followers and we get on over 8.500 Twitter lists recommended. That’s top 3 in travel! The Facebook page got as well over 120,000 fans with a huge organic engagement on our posts.

Travel Dudes is an industry leader within the field of travel influencer marketing. In partnership with clients, we create cost-effective, inspirational and engaging travel content for digital and social platforms, reaching an audience of over four million travelers each month!

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius

How and why did you get into traveling?

I’ve been traveling all my life. It started with my parents and continued when I was working as a travel agent. Then I started the website about 16 years ago, which was first only in German and an online diary for a three-month trip through Indochina, which I did with a friend. 2006 I did a six-month long trip through Australia and New Zealand and after its return I’ve started to work on Traveldudes full time. From there on it grew bigger & bigger, which turned out to be the first Social Travel platform now.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Why is traveling important for you?

I’ve seen most of Europe and also quite a lot of countries in the world.

Traveled taught me that it’s all “Same same, but different!”

I think every destination turns out to be different and still similar. Usually, I don’t have any expectations of a trip or destination, so that there are always those positive (sometimes negative) surprises. That’s what I love about travel. You see some photos and videos, read some blog articles and get inspired. That’s all I need and then I like to get surprised by a destination. Then it’s all about meeting people and this changes a good trip to a special one. That’s where you make friends and realize that no matter where in the world, we are all so similar and still a bit different.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Nicosia, Cyprus

How do you bring your things with you?

I got three options:

  • Slicks bag: which I use for trips for three to four days.
  • Eagle Creek handluggage: which I use for trips for four to seven days.
  • Lowe backpack: for everything longer.

For the handluggage, it’s important that the airlines don’t weight it. 😉 If they do, it also includes a laptop, which gives the option to have 2-3 kg extra.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Italy

How do you organize things in your bags?

I usually pack always the same things. There might only be a bit of difference. Depending on where I go, I pack flip flops or my snowboard goggles. Then everything gets rolled or folded. So far that works nicely, so that I don’t need any cubicles or other stuff. The bags aren’t too crazy in size, so that I always find what I need.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Sylt, Germany

How do your bags and gear hold up?

The quality of the bag is very important. I got my backpack for over 15 years now. When I bought it, I made sure to go for the quality one, which was a bit more expensive, but also more reliable. In the end that saved me some good money, as I haven’t had to buy a new one so far. OK, you have also to do your research and not just buy the more expensive one. Sometimes the cheaper ones are just as good.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in South Africa

Any gear you wish you had brought with you from the beginning?

When I started traveling, I usually got far too many things in my bag and that still happens too often, though I get better with each trip. When I pack, I count the days and focus on what I really need. Underwear, socks, shirts for each day. With sweatshirts & trousers, you don’t really need one per day. Depending on the length of the trip, you can also pack for a few days and then wash in between. So when the bag is full, I go through it all and see if it’s possible to leave the one or other at home. Usually I’m always able to take out 3-4 things again.

What I would not take out are my noise canceling headphones. I wish I would have those already a few years ago. To travel can be tiring and I feel far more relaxed if I can leave out the noises of airports, planes, trains and cars out of my ears from time to time. Then I can stand in the middle of the departure hall waiting relaxed for a long time, listening to some good tunes, while there is hectic and noise all around me.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher

What has been your best travel-related purchase below $100?

That has to be the adapter! What would you do abroad without a working and reliable adapter? You would depend that the accommodation would borrow you one. No good. Wherever I travel, I’ll have my adapter with me, so that I can charge my different devices.

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher
in Lyon, France

What is your best advice for other travelers?

It’s good to be prepared for a trip, but do not book all in advance, maybe the first 1-2 nights. From there on, try to stay spontaneous and flexible and see what happens. Get lost when you are in a new destination and wander around. Walk more than usual. You will then have experiences, which you will never forget… and to 95% in a positive way. 🙂

Travel Dudes Melvin Böcher

What will the future bring?

I have no idea! I don’t plan on the long term. I see what happens, as I know that I’ll spend my budget on my travels anyway. I definitely want to continue to produce travel videos with my team. I would love to explore new regions, but also dive deeper into destinations where I have been to already. There is always so much to explore, no matter where you go. And I want to meet more interesting people and hear about their stories.

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