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Glam-Packing – What is it?

Backpacking vs. Glam-packing

Me: “I’m not a real backpacker, I’m a ‘glam-packer’. There’s a difference. Duh.”

You: “That’s cool, but  ‘glam-packing’ is not a real thing. Stop trying to make ‘glam-packing’ happen. It’s just not going to happen”

Mean Girls quotes aside, I insist ‘Glam-Packing’ is a legit thing. So I thought I’d take some time out to explain to you the difference between a backpacker and a glam-packer.

Note: Don’t be surprised if you find out your really a ‘glam-packer’ too. It happens to the best of us. (See 20 Types of people you’ll meet while travelling for a few lols).

Backpacking has changed the way a lot of people travel and have really set the standard for ‘off the beaten path’ travel. Glam-packing follows the backpacking trend but offers just a bit more ‘luxury’ with a few simple differences.


Backpacking: Light packing, a few pairs of shorts/pants, t-shirts, undies and socks. Camera & gear. A bar of soap, plastic bags, shampoo, tooth-brush, toothpaste and deodorant. Hand sanitizer, painkillers. Just the bare essentials.

Glam-packing: All of the above but some extra undies and socks, wash cloths, towel, perfume, makeup basics, band aids, pillowcases, twin fitted sheet, shampoo AND conditioner, a couple of extra pairs of sneakers/nicer shoes, laptop/iPad, pretty rfid blocking wallet, slash proof backpack, and anything else to make the experience more comfortable/safe. May be found hiking with a hair straightener in their pack and their white clothes are not grey.


Backpacking: This is one of the biggest differences. You’ll find the typical backpacker either in a cheap hostel dorm room with 8-9 others or someones couch, or an organic farm.

Glam-packing: Glam-packers will be found either in a private hostel room, usually with an en suite or a cheap hotel. Glam-packers typically have a larger budget for living quarters. More fond of running water and a flushable toilet.

Budget Hotel Accommodation, Laos
Budget Hotel Accommodation, Laos


Backpacking: Since the backpacker has a smaller budget, and are usually younger, you’ll typically find them eating snacks and free to almost free food. Eat to live, not live to eat. Catch them in local restaurants eating local cuisine or at a local market. Will stock up for lunch with food included at breakfast.

Glam-packing: These travelers are typically a little older with a little more income and experience, therefore have a little higher end palate and will be seen treating themselves here and there to a nice breakfast or dinner, while keeping the budget smaller for the rest of the meals.

Backpackers at the markets
Backpackers at the markets


Backpacking: You’ll catch backpackers on the 12 hr overnight bus to their next stop. Once in their destination, most backpackers will use public transportation and explore until they are lost. The true backpacker gets excitement out of being lost in a new city. A backpacker will thrive on getting to know locals and staying away from the more touristy sights. Traveling indefinitely with no real plan.

Glam-packing:  Glam-packers will take the 1 hr flight over the 12 hr bus. They are usually travelling faster and they are burning through more cash. The glam-packer usually knows where they want to go once they are in a place and will usually use either a taxi or take a tour to get there as they are usually on a tighter timeframe. Glam-packers know where they want to spend their money and the nicer experiences are usually one of those areas. More likely to have booked a return ticket home.

I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t look like the most comfortable way to travel…

So, which are you? Comment below!

Either way, no matter how you get there and how you experience it, travel feeds the soul.


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24 year old dysfunctional backpacker, creative & storyteller. Cannot do a cartwheel, but I can eat an entire lemon so if that’s not impressive I don’t know what is. Follow my (mis)adventures around the world!