For you this will probably be no problem, but for us, a couple who almost never need to think about how much to bring (the luxury as part time travellers) we have a challenge to fit everything in a “small” bag. According to the flight company (Emirates) we can bring 30kg, and that’s something we really love. But then again, we’re joining in on an overland group tour and we have to think about the amount we bring with us.
This time we’ll pack in a bag we usually use on a trip lasting a week and up to ten days, but this time we’ll be gone for 26 days.
So can we fit everything we want into this bag?
You will probably laugh and think “What? They bring way too much, that’s not necessary. Amateurs!”
And we will laugh with you. This is us in a nutshell.
First we think about things that we really need such as a t-shirt, shorts, underwear, sun lotion, soap, conditioner (yep, I’ve read that it’s something you really miss if you don’t bring a good one on a tour like this – and with my newly curled hair I really really don’t want to look like I have a big birds nest on the top of my hair at the end of the tour. My parents would have wondered what I brought with me home: “Is it a bird? Do you have snakes in there? Is it a freakin’ lion?” etc.. They know I love animals.
But, now I’m blabbering, so back to the topic…
We do pack a warm sweater since it can be cold in the evenings, swimwear, sandals, sunglasses, el-adapter and a medical kit. In addition to this we both have to bring a good amount of camera equipment (you just can’t go on a tour like this without it).
And after we’ve picked out all of the above a thought jumps into our head “I don’t want to walk around in the same shorts day after day” and we pick out a few more… And the same applies to t-shirts, singlets and other clothing. (We really are hopeless!).
But in the end we actually will fit everything in our bags. You probably wonder how we know that, since our trip isn’t before mid-March. But we’re so excited about this trip, so our bags are almost packed.
We do have concerns about one thing: Souvenirs. But as I wrote earlier we can have 30kg, and Emirates have a weight concept, not a piece concept, so if we find some awesome stuff we want to bring with us home, we will buy a cheap bag and manage it anyway.
At last I have to say that we really admire those who manage to pack in small backpack for a year on the road. So all creds to you who walk from city to city, fly from country to country, from mountain to beaches with all your belongings in a small daypack. We have something to learn from you…