|Backpacks at Lake Bled, Slovenia
In India I talked to several travellers and it seemed the average size bag weighed at least 10kg. Surprise surprise, they were complaining about how heavy their bags were. Oh how smug I felt when I told them that at the airport my bag came to a whopping…. wait for it… 5.2kg! This is what I took for 4 months.
- 5x knickers
- 2x bras
- 2x bikinis
- 1x microfleece
- 1x zip-off travel trousers
- 2 x t-shirts
- 3x vest tops
- 1x long sleeve t
- 1x waterproof top
- 2x trainer socks
- 1x sandals
- 1x running shoes
- 1x leggings
- 1x small across-body bag
- Credit card
- Debit card
- List of prescriptions from doctor
- Photocopy of passport
- Photocopy of travel insurance (I went with InsureandGo)
- Travel itinerary (This contained all our flight info that was required at check-in)
- Mini hair straighteners (My ‘treat’ that I hardly used)
- Camera charger
- Malaria tablets
- Rehydration sachets
- Mini hair brush
- Retainer and retainer case
- Sachet of facemask (another treat)
- A load of syringes and medicine for my Addison’s disease
- Hand sanitiser
It was winter in New Zealand so I did end up buying gloves, wellies, thermal socks, a hot water bottle and an electric heater for the campervan but these were all donated to charity before we left for Hong Kong (except the socks).
So those are the things I took with me BUT I accumulated DOUBLE the weight (thanks Hong Kong) so on my return flight my bag weighed just over 10kg. My plan all along was to leave with weight to spare for the sole purpose of gifts, so even though the weight doubled, that was fine with me.
|Cape Foulwind, New Zealand|
In November I’ll be going away again for at least 12 months. I’m doing it as cheap as possible so I need to make sure that my backpack weighs LESS than 7kg so I can still class it as hand luggage. It’ll be winter in America and Canada so I plan on wearing cheap warm clothes then giving them to the homeless in San Francisco before heading over to the beginning of an Australian summer.
Are you a packing pro? What home comforts would you miss the most? Mine was definitely moisturiser, though a few sneaky Lush samples sorted that out.