As I hope to continually get through on this blog, things that work are worth paying for. Things that just look cool are not. Unless you're really vain. Then you won't be reading this anyway.
An article of mine, Gearing Up for a Long Trip is out now on the cool site InsideOut Travel. If you are going away for a period of time that's longer than a vacation, check it out. Here are the key points:
1) Buy what's truly useful.
2) Buy good quality for high-use items.
3) Make your items work hard for you.
4) Don't get enamored with electronics. (Can't stress this one enough. If you want to connect with the place you're in, don't be connected so much with what you've left behind.)
5) You can buy and trade books as you go.
You can find lots of very detailed articles and books about how to roll your t-shirts and how many pairs of pants to bring. This isn't one of those. But hopefully it helps.