Ever since we made the decision to head off into the great unknown I’ve been going into travel/adventure stores at every opportunity, it gets me excited. One of those stores was the Kathmandu Factory Outlet at South Wharf in my hometown of Melbourne. Rummaging through all of the gear made my heart skip a little faster, but it was the backpacks the got me most excited.
For those who don’t know, factory outlets sell their products at a reduced price due to stock that is a little old, a little damaged, or simply because they have too much in their retail stores.
And the savings can be huge!
It was my 40th birthday in November 2013 and for those who asked what I wanted I requested a Kathmandu voucher. On the night I got $200 worth, a handy result.
It’s was the Christmas sales period at the time and their already reduced prices were reduced even further. So despite still being about five months from leaving we went and picked up a backpack each.
It was so much fun.
We already knew what we wanted, the Terrane Pack – Black Graphite. We’d picked them out on our very first visit to the store a month or so earlier. The backpacks were top of the range but they were going to make life a little easier on the road, so the extra cost is worth it. They’re light, strong, have wheels (vital we think given we’ll be travelling with a toddler), and all the bells and whistles you need to make our adventure a little more comfortable. Because we’ve got a little human coming with us, we needed a backpack on wheels, with plenty of room for his clothes and other essentials such as first aid kit and travel bed, and any other added accessories to make the journey just that little bit more comfortable.
They were originally $650 each, but with a 50% discount due to the sales, a further 10% discount because the store manager liked our plans and loved our son, and $200 worth of vouchers, the eventual cost was just over $300. And that included a couple of TSA locks to secure our packs. Bonus!!!
So that’s another job checked off the list, and with our packs sitting on our lounge room floor at home, the trip just got a lot more real for us!
- Shop at factory outlet stores. The savings are great.
- Shop at factory outlet stores when they are having a sale, they savings are even better.
- Be nice to the staff and the manager, you never know, you might get an extra discount.
- Ask for vouchers for your birthday and Christmas. They come in handy.
- Buy a TSA (Transport Security Administration) lock. If travelling in the USA or UK, officials at airports can open the lock with out destroying it. It also alerts you that the lock has been opened.
Which pack do you use on your travels? What else should travellers be looking out for when making backpack purchasing decisions? Let us know by leaving a comment below.