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What We Packed

Which Backpack?

Being a petite girl at only 5′ 2″ I didn’t want my backpack to be bigger than me. I therefore traded in my Karrimor Panther 55-65 backpack which I had used on previous holidays, and bought a new Berghaus Verden 45+8

My partner decided to keep his Karrimor Cougar 60-70 backpack as he is a foot taller than myself, and with the added inconvenience of his clothes being 3 times the size of mine, he needed the extra space.

We also took a small Karrimor Spectre 20 daypack for our electricals.

How to Pack?

We probably packed our backpacks 4-5 times before we were happy with what we had, and most importantly with the weight we would carry.

We started out by laying all the items out on the bed and sifting through what we definitely needed versus what we may need. From here we attempted a packing and would have too much, so we kept repeating the process until we had streamlined. I would recommend doing this at weekly intervals so you have a fresh look each time.

To help us organise our items we used Eagle Creek packing cubes, as we found these fitted well into the backpacks and enabled us to not only group our items but to also maximise the use of space.

Another trick we used are vacuum seal bags. As we are also taking winter gear, we wanted to store the items until needed. The bags also allow us to shrink down the size of clothes for packing.

What to Pack?

Below is a list of what we each took. At the end of our travels I will update this page with anything we were missing and anything we took that we didn’t need.

My backpack

my backpack

Clothes:

  • 6 vests
  • 2 string vests
  • 3 long sleeve shirts 2 light, 1 medium
  • 4 icebreaker tops – 2 x 200, 1 x 260 and 1 x 320
  • 1 lightweight fleece
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 full length pair of lightweight combats
  • 1 zip off combats
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 long dress
  • 1 sarong
  • 2 bikinis
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 2 bras
  • 8 pairs of socks, 4 x ankle, 2 x walking, 2 x winter walking
  • 1  mac-in-a-sac
  • 1 wind proof jacket

Footwear:

  • 1 pair of water shoes
  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of nice flat heel sandals

Other items:

  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Mosquito net
  • Microfibre towel
  • Malarone tablets
  • First-aid kit with own needles
  • Jungle Formula spray – If there is 1 mosquito and 100 people around me, guess who will get bitten…
  • Sporks
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Water bottle

Berghaus Verdant backpack

His backpack

His backpack
Clothes:

  • 5 T-shirts
  • 1 lightweight long sleeve top
  • 4 shirts
  • 4 icebreaker tops – 2 x 200, 2 x 260
  • 1 lightweight fleece
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of swimming shorts
  • 1 pair of zip off combats
  • 1 pair of linen trousers
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 8 pairs of socks, 6 x ankle, 3 x walking
  • 1  mac-in-a-sac
  • 1 wind proof jacket
  • 1 money belt

Footwear:

  • 1 pair of water shoes
  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of sketcher style shoes

Other items:

  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Mosquito net
  • Microfibre towel
  • Malarone tablets
  • Toiletries – soap bar, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, small compact mirror, moisturiser, shaver.
  • Jungle Formula spray
  • 2 x guide books – Lonely Planet and Footprint
  • SteriPen Adventurer – sterilises water by using UV light so we don’t need to buy water. Think about spending just £1 per day for water over 10 months…
  • Water bottle

Karrimor Cougar backpack

The Daypack

  • 2 x reading books
  • Samsung netbook + power supply
  • Mobile phone + charger
  • Worldwide travel plug adaptor
  • Nikon Coolpix 6100 + camera case
  • Olympus sp565 + camera bag

Karrimor Spectre dayback

My backpack weighs around 10kg, his backpack comes in at 15kg and the daypack is just a couple of kgs. Our aim is to be light enough to be mobile but also to not have to pay charges for smaller aircraft flights where the limit is 15kg each.

We’ll let you know how this worked out!

 

2 responses to “What We Packed

  1. Cathie

    October 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    this is so helpful – we are headed to Costa Rica for 4 months – thanks!

     
    • shari

      October 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Costa Rica for the most part is hot and humid unless you are in the cloud forests where the temperatures can drop quite a bit in comparison. I loved my time there and there are so many beautiful beaches, hiking trails and delicious food. Am sure you will enjoy it too!

       

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