My bag is packed. I can confess though, it was packed 6 days early. There’s a certain satisfaction that the tough bit (the packing) is done now.
If you haven’t attempted to pack everything you’re likely to need for a year in a rucksack before, try it. For a first timer like me, I can tell you, it’s not easy. I think people confuse the stress and emotion of the “leaving”, with that of the “packing”. Do it early, and it’s much much easier.
How heavy is my stuff?
Main Pack – 11kg Day Sack – 4kg
Here’s a breakdown of the kit I’ve packed. I’ll skim over the technology stuff, because I covered that in more detail a couple of weeks go in Technology Gear Preparation. I mark those down as (T).
 
The Rucksack

I’m taking a Osprey Farpoint 70 rucksack as my only luggage. The rucksack is split into two packs, which combine to make 70L. Main pack is 55L and day pack is 15L. […]