Exactly how much stuff does a person need for 2.5 months away? Well, it turns out the answer is quite a lot, as shown by Richard’s packing above! Despite cutting it down to the absolute minimum (or what we think is the minimum) we still seem to be carrying a considerable amount of stuff. It would definitely be easier if we were sticking to a single climate, but what with sleeping in Yurts in Mongolia, trekking in China, and beach time in Thailand, I think it is fairly reasonable that I look like a tortoise when I put my bag on.
Given that we are trying to cram in as much as possible in a relatively short period of time, we have had to be quite strict with out planning, and we have more or less all of our hotels, trains and planes booked. Whilst it has meant that we have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks sat in front of the computer, this has to be preferable to sitting in an internet cafe someone in the middle of nowhere trying to book a hotel, when we could be out sightseeing. This also means there is one less thing for us to worry about, as we at least know where we will be sleeping that night.
I don’t have that much stuff really. The above was condensed down after a careful, pre-packing, packing and then re-packing process. I call it Rich’s 3 step process for packing perfection and may write a book on it. Perhaps packing consultant can be my new job when we return.
To defend our planning approach, we are very structured people (not boring, just well prepared) who like to know what we are doing. I blame many very well organised family holidays for this. Winging it doesn’t come naturally to either Vicki or I. I am sure somewhere along the lines our careful planning will collapse and we will be forced to go ad-hoc but at least we have a solid framework to start with. This sounds all too much like work rather than travelling though, fingers crossed we will now let our hair down (I don’t have much but will try) and go with the flow from here on in.