C-Ruck Rucksack Serves this Canadian all Around the World

“Wherever I Go, My C-Ruck Will Go With Me!”

The question often arises, "Is it possible to travel around the world with just one bag?" Corinne Johnson certainly proves it’s not only possible, but it’s but one can also travel an entire continent for an whole year! Read up on how this young woman "from the suburbs" traveled around the world, and lived out of, her trusty faithful C-Ruck Rucksack.

BUT WHERE’S THE REST OF YOUR LUGGAGE?

This question, every time. I’d step off a bus or train into the warm sunshine and pick out my hosts from the group of waiting people. After a quick hi-how-was-the-trip, they would ask about my luggage, clearly puzzled by my lack of, well, STUFF. I’d just smile, toss my C-Ruck onto my back, and follow them into my next adventure.

THE STORY

The scene: The Land Down Under, last year.

The cast: a well-traveled Canadian (that’s me!) and her trusty, stuffed-to-the-gills Mariner blue C-Ruck.

The plot: girl from the suburbs makes her way around Australia for a year, staying with strangers and helping them with farm work in exchange for room and board through a program called WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms).

Once I’d arrived at my new farm-home and met the resident people and animals, I’d quickly unpack my bag. According to one host, it was like watching that trick where a magician pulls hundreds of silk scarves out of his hand/ear/mouth – I had everything I needed for a year in my sturdy pack. Now, before I start feeling too uppity about my minimalist lifestyle, I should remind myself that my backpack was h-e-a-v-y.

BUT WHAT DID YOU TAKE?

After all, I had all kinds of things in there: camera, laptop, toiletries, books, clothes suitable for running around town without looking like a tourist, clothes suitable for getting down and dirty on the farm, running shoes, flip flops, a deck of UNO cards, my current knitting or sewing project, sketchbook, journal, giant water bottle, leather outback hat, boots, lots and lots of sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks for the road…and more!

Armed with the contents of my bag, I had a blast learning how to shear sheep, wading through a sea of chickens to collect eggs, tending an organic veggie garden, riding horses bareback in the ocean, getting pushed around by friendly (and not-so-friendly) alpacas, pruning grape vines and currant bushes, trying to milk a donkey (I wish I were making this up…), building a mud-brick house, herding cattle on an ATV, picking giant peaches at daybreak, and bathing three reluctant German Shepherds in a bathtub on the roof of a house – three stories up!

WELL? DID THE RUCK SACK PASS THE TEST?

You might say I tested my C-Ruck to its limits and it passed with flying colours. The padded back and straps made the bag comfortable to carry, even when it was totally loaded. The zippers are extremely strong and I love those easy-to-grab monkey’s fist knots! When you only have one bag, it’s crucial to keep everything inside neatly organized so it all fits, for one thing, but also so you can quickly lay your hand on whatever you’re looking for.

The side and front zippered pockets on the C-Ruck are brilliant: they hold an amazing amount but are easy to get in and out of. I’m also a big fan of the bottom straps and daisy-chain loops for attaching shoes, keys, and jacket to the outside of the pack.

Now, you might be thinking that the “one bag, one continent, one year” thing really isn’t your style. Not to worry, my C-Ruck has served me faithfully for three years in lots of different situations – walking around St. Petersburg one long night as I tried to find the hostel I’d booked online (now there’s a long story), going hiking in Czech forests, weekend trips to Budapest and Vienna, a 15-hour Greyhound journey through the Canadian Rockies, travel by car/train/plane, and a couple of months in New Zealand; when I settle in one place for a few months. I even use my pack to carry home a week’s worth of groceries. After all that, the bag still looks new and I know it has many years of travel left in it.

My head is full of plans for the future: a weekend trip to Vancouver Island, a year in South Korea, a holiday in Hong Kong, and a long journey around North America by motorbike. Wherever I go, my C-Ruck will go with me!

Corinne Johnson

Red Oxx lives by this philosophy because we see folks every day using our bags from all corners of the globe. We must admit that you are one of the most "on the go" member of the Oxx herd. No doubt you have many stories you can share with us. So many thanks Corrine for sharing with us your adventure. Because we published her story, Corrine gets her choice of either a free Rigger Wallet or Market Tote. When will we hear about about YOUR adventure?

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