I've gotten lighter and lighter with each passing year. From a van packed to the gills in 2004, to a military rucksack this past year, and odds are I'll go the backpack route for 2009. I tell ya, once you get comfortable, it feels pretty great going light. Not for everybody, but working alright for me! That said, if I was still driving down each year instead of flying, I probably wouldn't have gone through this evolution.