?Que es en el salveque?

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Friday, January 13, 2012

In one of my first Spanish lessons, my teacher and I discuss what I've packed for my world trip, so I thought I would list that out here too , I was very good on limiting my clothes I believe and for those who know me you will see I've been very good ...
  • tres sandalias 3 pair of sandals (flip flops, a smart pair and walking sandals)
  • not sure of translation 1 pair of pump 'ballet' shoes - used inside as slippers or going out, I have been wearing these far more than I thought I would
  • uno zapatos 1 pair of walking boots
  • dos pantalones - para vestir trousers - 2 for daytime, long bus journeys or smarter occasions
  • pantolones - uno para caminar 1 for walking
  • cuatro panes camiseta de tiras 4 x vest tops
  • dos camiseta 2 t-shirt
  • uno corta enagua 1 short skirt
  • uno langa enagua 1 long skirt
  • capa parala lluvia raincoat
  • sweter sweater (its a wool fleece for when I go walking or arrive in countries when it's cold)
  • abrigo liviano light jumper
  • garbardina cardigan
  • primoros auxidios first aid kit
  • secador travel hairdryer - my luxury item
  • articulos de belleza beauty and sanitary items like shampoo, sun cream etc
  • dos ropas 2 dresses - one for going out and one casual
  • estacionario pen, paper, Spanish/English dictionary, guidebook
  • mi computadora netbook
  • dos blusas 2 blouses, one daytime and one going out/bit smarter
  • ropa interior underwear - enough for one week only including 4 pairs of socks, two pop socks, 1 bikini and normal swimming costume and goggles, 1 sports bra and 3 other bras (they really don't take up hardly any room, a lady needs these things!)
  • bufanda, panuelo scarves, 1 large pashmina, couple of very light head scarves I often wear these to cover my head from the sun
There's where we stopped listing out items in Spanish, so to the rest...
  • small handbag, mine's from Istanbul and has a strap I could put across my chest to wear it safely, perfect for going out in the evening when you just need to take cash, camera and your lip balm.
  • large travel towel and a tea towel. The tea towel ( a small hand towel would work too but a tea towel is far lighter), is a borrowed idea from another experienced traveler, this works as a hair towel often visiting some hotel/hostel you won't get more than one towel plus it could be used for all sorts of other things like cleaning your muddy boots, a bath mat etc.
  • useful items include (many leaving presents from colleagues and friends - Thank you!); head torch and small torch, washing line rope and sink plug, inflatable globe (honestly this has turned out to be useful),  pack it system cubes, 'mon sac magique' a small nylon bag that fits into a pocket sleeve the size of a mobile phone affectionately called this as I have used it every day since I arrived rather than wearing my rucksack and then sticking out like a tourist to prospective thieves, water bottle to fill up from larger bottles or tap water, a small IKEA bag - yep really, this has had so many uses already, a swiss army knife, lip balm, inflatable pillow for the airplane/bus journeys/hostels with no pillows and a travel purse I can wear around my neck inside my clothes for journeys to keep passport and money safe.
  • thumb drive - has my important scanned docs on and my CV, password protected - hopefully don't need the latter for quite a few months!
  • camera and phone - don't take something flashy. My camera was a birthday present just before I left and works perfectly small enough to fit in my pocket and takes great photos and video too, take a large memory SD card but remember you can buy these in lots of places around the world. My phone is unlocked so I could buy a SIM in the country I am going to, this is mostly used as my on-the-road music player and keeping in touch via SMS every so often and day to day it is used as my alarm clock.
  • fake purse and real purse - one that looks like your purse with old cards etc in in case you are asked to hand it over to a thief, give them your fake one. I also have in my real purse only what I need when I have it with me, I have setup a bank transfer every month from my main account to another cash card to manage my budget but also protect me in case it got stolen or lost, no one would be able to access my main account.

The clothes are rolled when packed into mi salveque, my rucksack and I have a separate compartment at the bottom for shoes and miscallenous items. Underwear and toiletries are packed into my 'pack-it' cubes bought as a present, but found in any good travel/camping shop. I recommend these as, one you can find your stuff and two it helps you to limit only what can fit (and of course carry)!

My luggage currently weighs 18 kg, it's a bit more than I was planning but I think a few items may be left along the way like books or some items I think I won't use like my mosquito net and I could donate this. I ended up not bringing my sleeping bag but I do have a silk liner that's really compact and may do the trick if the bedding linen isn't very good in a place I stay at, when I do some treks I am going to have to hire a sleeping bag I don't expect this will cost too much.

So with that that's my world for the next ten months or so on my back, just like a snail carrying his home.
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greekcypriot on

Charlotte I still think you are carrying too much (18 kilos) are a lot even if you leave behind some books on the way, but as you move on you will understand how much you can carry. If I were to set out the same trip (being a light bone structure) I don’t think I would dare take more than 12 kilos!! This will show on the way of course, but you seem to be a strong lady so this is ok if you can carry all these….

aborder on

Hey Charlotte!! Good luck with your trip! I'm assuming you will spend time in south America? Maybe a carnival? Love the detail and I will enjoy keeping up to date on your blog! You've made the hardest decision by deciding to go, now go and love and enjoy the next ten months! Best of luck!! Gingerman :-)

charlotte on

Hi Popi, I agree, I have too much at the moment. I originally planned to take 15kg and under, once I am able to also give some of the presents I have with me this will be lighter. Maybe I can blog about what goes and what stays later on! :)

charlotte on

Hi Gingerman, Thanks you are right I made the hardest decision and here I am traveling the world (god that sounds good!).

I am going to travel next after Costa Rica to Venezuela and across Latin America (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil) .... who knows I might stumble across a carnival or fiesta or three ;)

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