packing

Reflections from my Original RTW Packing List

After I got back from my Asia travels, I got a chance to reflect on my original RTW packing list and decide how to adjust it for my upcoming South America travels.
The reflections I had include:

Lockable backpacks are useful when lockers are small or non-existent
Dry barrel’s offer so much more than rain covers
Dry sacks and packing separators speed up the check in/out part of travel
Leave space in your main pack to buy clothes and repack with ease
Don’t neglect the clothes you really love
Go plain colours on tops or bottoms but not both or neither
Other gear changes i made for my trip to South America
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The Day My Backpack Was Lost

If you ask backpackers what their worst travel fears are, losing your backpack is undoubtably amongst the top five.
After almost three months of travel, I counted myself lucky for not having hit any major bumps on the road myself. However, on the simplest of flights between Luang Prabang (Laos) and Hanoi (Vietnam) my airline lost my backpack. Already having pre booked onward travel through the country, it was a race against time to work out what happened and how to get it back.
This post tells the story of how it happened, how I felt and how I eventually, thankfully, got it back. […]

My RTW Packing List

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. […]

Technology Gear Preparation

Coming from a techy background, I’ve probably done more than my fair share of technology gear prep for this trip, so I’ll share the choices and strategies in this post. You can think of it as a deep dive into the tech gear of my RTW packing list covering:

Laptop
Camera
Phone
External Hard Drive
Power
NAS (Network Access Storage)

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