After our last trip through Mexico and South America with 65 litre pack we decided that we were now smart enough to try the travel light thing you always promise yourself you will do next time. You know the promise that comes out after hauling you 15kg pack in the sun from the bus station to hostel after hostel trying to find a bed.
With this in mind I picked us up a couple of packs last year when I was in Pittsburgh (everything is cheaper in the US). Thus our starting points became a 50 litre Kelty Redwing and a 40 litre REI Lookout.
Then last week the packing began. We lay out what we wanted to take and then tried to pack it. We didn’t even come close to getting it all in. Then the reality came on down, we reduced our clothing from 8 days to 6 days (better add another reading book for the laundry time, oh hold that).
So after packing and unpacking about four time that week we got it all in. It was tight, but we got it all in.
I will run you through what I will have on my back photo by photo as i cant lay all my stuff out on the table at once like Liz can.
First up comes the electronics. This is the heaviest stuff we have and i am carrying it all (though Liz has her camera which is probably our heaviest item).
- Samsung NB30 Netbook & Power Brick
- Wireless mouse (the USB bit is so small it just stays in the laptop all the time).
- Sansa Clip+ mp3 player (awesome, i use rockbox so i can scrobble to last.fm)
- 1TB Portable harddrive
- Camera Battery Chargers (His & Hers)
- Sony TX7 little camera (not pictured, i wonder why?)
- X-mini MaxII speakers
- Various cables
This all packs into 2 drybags.
- Beard Clippers
- Shampoo (bottle is empty at the moment)
- Talcum powder (don’t ask)
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
All of which goes into my toilet bag.
At the bottom of my pack i have a lunchbox with stuff i dont want to squash (or use too much)
- Bug Cream
- Sun Cream
- Band Aids
Another drybag with our travel documents.
- International Drivers Licences
- Imunisation Cards
- Plane, Train & Boat Tickets (yes we have all three!)
- Reading Book (only 1, oh the humanity)(edit: i managed to jam an extra one in)
- Small Leatherman Pocket Knife
- Contact Cards (Business cards for people with no real business)
- Washing Bag
- Daypack (which is small enough to roll up and go in a side pocket of my main pack)
- 1 pair jeans
- 1 pair light pants
- 1 pair shorts
- 8 pairs underwear
- 4 pairs socks
- Travel Towel
- 2 Bandannas
- 3 t-shirts
- 5 button shirts (yes i said 6 days, but this will probably only get me through 4 days in SE Asia)
- Shoes. These are supposed to be dressy hiking shoes, which so far seem good. They are Ecco brand.
- Flip Flops (or Thongs if you will)
- Backpack (Kelty Redwing 3100)
And yes it does all fit.
Extra couple of thing not in the photos
- Blue Flannelette Shirt.
- Rain Jacket
- Travel Guitar. 3/4 sized Martin in a hard foam case (light and strongish). I have glued a tuner inside to help me sound good (well, in-tune anyway(which does seem work on my voice either))
- Bendy Tripod for Liz
The pack weight is about 10kgs, which is a little heavier than i wanted, but I am pretty sure i will feel good when we meet those crazy European travellers that take as much stuff as they can physically carry with their 80 liter pack round back and a 30 liter daypack round the front.
Then we have Liz. She has written a list of what she packed which i will share with you below:
Liz’s Packing List
- 1 x Waterproof Jacket – Its kinda Dressy too
- 1 x sml Travel Towel (i took an old towel – as i hate travel towels, But keep it small!)
- 1 x Pair of swimmers
- 1 x Thermal top and bottoms – i chose Australian wool
- 1 x Thin Cardigan
- 1 x Pyjama’s in my case a dress that i wear around the house and can double as something to wear out on washing day
- 2 x bras
- 8 x undies
- 3 x pair of socks
- 1 washing bag
- 2 blouses with long sleeves
- 4 shirts
- 2 singlets
- 4 tights (1 is 3/4 and another look like jeans)
- 1 x sml rollable day pack
- 1 sml shopping bag (like a green bag in oz)
- My camera with extra lense with bag and accessories – lense cleaner, brush, polarizer filter
- 1 x reading book
- Pencil case (keep in mind i like to draw and paint) – 3 watercolour brushes, b + w gouache, 10 watercolours, 21 lead pencils, 1 x 15cm ruler, sharpener, 1 niko, 4 biro’s and glue.
- 1 x watercolour book – A5
- 1 x notebook/art book – A5
- Reading glasses
- lip balm
- torch sml
- Toiletries – Sml can of deodorant spray, hairbrush, toothbrush, sml toothpaste, travel shampoo and conditioner, face wash, moisturiser with SPF 15, dental floss, nail clippers, mascara (for special outings), bandage, band-aids, safety pins, pads and tampons.
- Wallet – sml to fold notes and hold change – its just bigger than a credit card in size
- phone, for when i decide to get a sim card or need an alarm
There you have it. We are pretty happy with what we have, but i will revisit what we have in our packs in a few months to see how close to the mark we were.
For those of you here looking for exciting stories of Japan, yes we are now in Tokyo, we have a couple of older post to get out of the way then we will tell you where we are. Keep in mind this is pretty normal and stories here will generally be a week old before we find the time to tell you, our faithful readers (good looking ones at that), all about it.