Today’s travel gear review comes from Matador Trips editor and community member, Tim Patterson.

Tim (right) and his friend in Cambodia.

Last month, my college buddy called me with a question about packing for his Southeast Asia trip.

“I’m going to pack real light,” he said.

“Good,” I replied.  “That’s crucial.”

“Is there anything I wouldn’t think of that will really make my travels more comfortable?” he asked.

I thought for a moment.  A light-bulb went off.

“Yes!  Buy a lightweight silk sleeping sack.  It takes up no room and is really handy for getting a good night’s sleep in Southeast Asia.”

After 2 weeks of travel in Cambodia that involved boozing in Phnom Penh, exploring deserted island beaches, crashing with a village chief and camping in the jungle, I said goodbye to my college buddy.

“Thanks,” he said.  “It was a great trip.  And thanks for suggesting that silk sleeping sack.  It really did make all the difference.”

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