The Beginning ....
Trip Start Oct 29, 2011
48Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Now I have a pair of mountaineering boots, a pair of walking boots, walking trainers, flip flops, a lot of clothes (you need walking and mountaineering clothes – yes mostly from my sponsorship deal with North Face, beach clothes, going out in the evening clothes (you can’t wow Buenos Airies with your Argentine Tango moves in a pair of walking trousers and fleece -Flavia would never dream of it!, two waterproof jackets, down jacket, two sleeping bags (lightweight and a down one), thermarest, walking poles, monopod, the universal travel adaptor, half of Boots’ selections of toiletries (because obviously they don’t sell shampoo and shower gel anywhere apart from the UK! And they certainly won’t have toilet paper!) .
Now there’s the daypack with the Digital SLR with various lenses, the compact digital with underwater housing, the ipods (shuffle and big one), the kindle and the netbook with an external storage drive. Then there’s the lonely planet selection (country guides, city guides, trekking guides etc).
And finally there was the most important packing question of all. Those books are great but none of them really helped with the most important bit. Yes – how many pairs of pants do you need? It really is a tricky one – I know they do have laundrettes abroad and you can use travel wash but how many days will you have between opportunities for washing and what about emergencies ? Anyway, having sought much advice on this (most people said 7 – do they not factor in the emergency aspect?), have settled on 10 (that’s a week’s worth and 3 just in case of those obviously frequently occuring emergencies).
I think I am going to have to write a book myself called “Gap years for people who are bordering on being anal, have obviously created a spreadsheet for the trip and with a perchant for putting things in zip Lock bags and money bags”.
Additional Notes from Heathrow– First time ever I’ve had to get a trolley for my bags ! Then they put a heavy tag on one of the bags. And you don’t even want to know how long it took me to get through security because I had to empty out half of the electrical items in the day sack – Katherine I have become one of those people I normally winge about !!!