Get Packed!

The time has finally come to start packing. After Volcanoes and floods (the flooding being inside my apartment!), and damaged electrical items I can finally look forward to sitting back for 5 weeks and enjoying a bit of time off. Well sitting back while my feet take me through 10 different countries and onto countless trains, planes, and automobiles.

I wrote down my packing list a couple of weeks ago and this is what I came up with. I’ll be taking two packs. A day pack, and a big back pack for everything else.

Day Pack

  • Travel Documents; Passport, Tickets, ID, Guides, Credit Cards (Well maybe not all in the actual daypack)
  • Gadgets; Laptop, Camera, Phone
  • Torch
  • Travel Pillow
  • Earplugs
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Hat

Main Pack

  • T Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Socks & Undies
  • Thongs (FlipFlops for everyone else)
  • Tolietries; Soap, Shampoo, Deoderant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Nail Clippers
  • Sleeping Bag (A nice compact one)
  • Chargers & Adapters
  • Travel Towel
  • Toilet Paper (Just in case)
  • Water proof rain poncho thing.
  • Pillowcase

Things like a Jacket, Jeans, and Shoes I’ll be wearing over there. Cause you know, I don’t want to cause a stir at the airport if I show up naked.

So far the main pack is around 8-9 kgs which is pretty good. Leaves me some room to bring home some souveniers and saves my back from 5 weeks of torture.

I think I’ve got all the important stuff. There may be a few extra bits and pieces that I might throw in but I want to travel as light as possible for a flash packer (as they call someone like me). Besides I can always pick up anything I’ve forgotten when I get over there.

1 Day to go! I can feel the work ethic subsiding as we speak!


Packing – Making lite of the situation.

Well I’m on the down hill run now. Only 3 weeks before I head out on this trip.┬áToday I bought a return Skybus ticket and got a notification to say that my Eurail ticket is in the post and on the way.

I took the train up to my home town for the Easter break, a 6 hour train ride each way, I usually drive but wasn’t really feeling the need for a 14 hour return trip in the space of 4 days. I thought it would also be a good opportunity to see what my Eurail experience might be like seeing as I’ve never actually taken a train that went for more than an hour.

So I packed my trusty old back pack (trusty as in bought for and never used since my last holiday) and filled it with the things I thought I would need for a 4 day trip to see the family. Of course I didn’t need to take much, and most of what I packed was to either keep me entertained or fed on the train, anyway, I still managed to not pack enough clothes. Tip: If you pack clothes in your bag don’t decide to take them out and wear them. Especially if this is before you have left for your trip and you don’t replace them with something else to take with you.

What it did drive home to me though was my original desire to pack lite this time.  My bag was chock full of laptop, chargers, camera, and enough food to feed all the people in my carriage. All it did was remind me of my last trip carrying a 20Kg bag across 4 continents and swearing never to do that again.

So I’ve started writing a list, looking online for suggested packing lists (Universal Packing List, Travellerspoint Packing List), and once I actually get to the stage of zipping up the bag I’ll be putting it through a weight loss routine to rival the winner of the biggest loser. Lets see who will have the most space left in the trunk then!

On the positive side though it was a great trip. I can get all the way to a town 30min away and then hop on the free shuttle bus that takes me the rest of the way. All without having to concentrate on the road and watch the speedo. So happy with my laptop too. The trip just flew by while I was catching up on TV shows and playing the odd game of solitare. Having a 6 hour battery life is fantastic. The majority of my trips in Europe won’t be anywhere near as long but the carefree feeling of the whole train experience should hopefully be the same.

I’ll be ramping up the updates once the trip gets going so keep your eye out!