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Rucksacks and more . . .

We have spent quite a bit of time deliberating the basic kit to take with us. The final decision has been informed by two factors. Firstly there are lots of things that we won't need to carry on our round the world trip, such as tents, sleeping bags or food (when we have the latter we will have the luxury of a hire car). Secondly we don't feel that the advice often given to backpackers of "take three t-shirts, one to wear, one to wash and one as a spare" fits us and our stage in life (we will both be 60 by the time we go). We will be spending nearly 5 months in the clothes we take, so we want to get it right if we can (although given our intinerary we will be able to buy anything else we need en-route). In essence we have tried to balance having capacity whilst keeping the weight as low as possible. We have taken our old rucksacks to the charity shop (who were very happy to have them) and replaced them with rucksacks on wheels which means that we can carry them on our back if we need to, but most of the time just pull them around like regular suitcases. Having thought long and hard, and done my research I have gone for:

  • Osprey Sojourn wheeled rucksacks (60 litres),
  • Osprey Flare daypack (light with lots of pockets, but doesn't fit to the rucksack as I am unlikely to need to carry both on my back at the same time),
  • Small ebags so that I can separate and easily find pieces of clothing (one bag for t-shirts, another for trousers etc),
  • Karrimor waterproof bags (for wet washing, kayaking, wet swimming costume etc)

I also intend to take a very lightweight beach bag that will fold up small and weighs next to nothing. This can also double as shopping bag.

Only time will tell as to whether we have made the right choices, but that will have to wait a few weeks yet


Posted by Gill's Travels 04:42 Archived in United Kingdom

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