Travel blogs love to tell you what to pack. Fair enough, for new travelers – especially backpackers – it can be difficult to prioritize what to take, especially when you’ll have to carry all of it around on your back wherever you go. But I’ve found that these travel blog suggestions tend to go a bit overboard. Pretty soon you find that you’re set for any situation that could possibly arise – and have a thousand pound bag to drag around. To help eliminate the unnecessary, and give your poor back a bit of relief, here are my suggestions of what NOT to pack.