d) what will you pack?
“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
When you have to carry everything on your back, you think very carefully about what you actually need. We are taking some *non-essential* items, but have decided they are worth the extra weight for the usefulness they will offer. We are also packing more clothes than if we were going for a shorter trip or if we were only going to follow the sun.
We are **really** hoping the under-three-year-old actually manages to walk without complaining – and that the over-threes manage to carry *all* the gear assigned to them.
Rob: Macpac Gemini for sleeping bags 1,2,3 + all the boys’ trousers/shorts/shirts/
Electronic gear + paperwork in day pack (~3kg?)
Rach: Macpac Gemini for sleeping bag 4 + all the girls’ trousers/skirts/shirts/
Day pack for journals (4kg)
(children’s ages specified below as at Leaving-Day)
J14: Macpac Pegasus for sweaters, vests, hats-gloves-n-gaiters (11kg)
Books + Other Tools (aka toys) in day pack (4kg)
J12: Macpac Pegasus for nappies + sandals + ”laundry” + toiletries +
cloths-n-towels + health and safety (9kg)
Day pack for bowls + cutlery + food(1kg)
K11: Macpac Pegasus for sleeping bags 5,6,7 + fleece jackets (7kg)
Day pack SPARE (share J14′s load!)
K9: Osprey Exposure 36 for sleeping bag 8 + waterproof jackets (6kg)
L7: Osprey Exposure 36 for sleeping bag 9 + thermal underwear (6kg)
M6: Osprey Stratos 12 for sunhats and swimming togs(3kg)
T4: Little Kathmandu pack for sleeping bag 10 (1kg)
E-R(2): She’ll wear a harness so we don’t lose her.
(that’s 75kg all up)
2x bras (not for the boys )
4x short-sleeved shirts
2x long-sleeved shirts
1x thermal longjohns
2x thermal skivvy
1/2 sweater (one to be shared between two people of similar size!)
1x fleece jacket
1x rain-jacket or poncho
1x winter hat
1x thermal gloves
Cloth nappies and soakers
10x knives, forks and spoons
Knitted cooking bag
All the following once we get to England:
1 wooden spoon (luxury!!!!)
1 can opener
2x pots (1 large, 1 medium)
Travel iron (not now that Rob won’t be working at a university)
BOOKS & MUSIC
Memory verse & song folder
“Our Kiwi Life” scrapbook
HEALTH AND SAFETY
first aid gear: to be decided
medical supplies: to be decided
cleaning products – baking soda works for *everything*!!!!
2x Tennis ball
Ideas on paper…..boggle, hangman, numbers, sudoku, muggins
We’ve replaced the 22 year old green Macpacs!
A Deuter Quantum 55+10 pack for Rob and an Osprey Ariel 55 for Rachael.
The youngest (now 6 years old) will either carry just herself or herself and a camelbak.
Everyone else will carry a combination of packs we bought for the last trip filled with their own gear (they are most excited to be taking their own stuff instead of being in charge of all the thermals or just the swimsuits!)
2x Macpac Pegasus, 1 x Osprey Exposure 52, 2x Osprey Exposure 36, 1 x Osprey Stratos 12, 1 x tiny Kathmandu kid’s pack.
1x lightweight longs
1x long-sleeved shirt
long-sleeved thermal top
2x bras (not for the boys!)
sleeping bag liner
drink bottle OR bladder for pack
one sharp knife
(maybe pick up bowls and spoons en route if necessary)
microfibre handkerchief towel
toothbrush and paste
comb and hair ties
razor and soap
lightweight cord washing line and nappy pins
basic first aid – plasters, bandage, redipred, disprin, asthma meds
journals (oh why did we buy hard cover books???!!!!)
pens and pencils (maybe watercolours)
crocheted pass the pigs game
maybe laptop (with Bible and also for blogging)
GPS (I’m sure Rob will decide it’s a MUST HAVE ITEM)
knitting (gotta have one pair of socks on the go!)
Bottom line: we are travelling MUCH lighter.