Three weeks to go, you would've thought I'd have been in the Summer sales, trawling through the bargins to save that extra cash to go. The truth is, I'm stumped on what to take.... When I went to Australia, it seemed easier. There would be a bit of nightlife, beachlife, you can wear pretty much whatever you want... But this is different. I'm not going to just Australia this time, it's Asia, Australasia and America. How the hell do you pack for all three?
My problem as well is that I'm a kleptomaniac. I can't throw anything away. As silly as it seems, when I sent my rucksack home (I had accumulated that much!), I even packed those little washing powder packets. I mean c'mon!! So what I'm asking is, how do YOU pack? How do you co-ordinate outfits. I mean we're talking from Goa to Siam Reap, Bondi Beach to chilly Auckland.
So any advice, I'd be so pleased!!!!
My problem as well is that I'm a kleptomaniac. I can't throw anything away.
I hope you mean pack-rat (can't part with anything) as opposed to a kleptomanic (one who can't part with OTHER peoples things, or stop themselves from taking them)
Think layers (short sleeve over long sleeves for extra watmth, but can be worn seperatly) and convertable pants (pants that zip off into shorts)
I'm in a similar position but I'm about 2 thirds of the way through the trip....I left in Jan with plans of travelling light! Now I am risking getting sued by the next bus driver who picks my bag up. still don't have the answer but...
Tip 1... One of best things I brought is a black cottony pair of trousers that I used to wear for work at home, but they can be either smart or casual. They are warm enough for winter in Melbourne but cool enough for nights in Bangkok.
I also have some practical quick drying cargo pants that u can roll the bottoms up....Very sensible, except I felt a right frump and didn't have enough summery stuff ended up buying pretty stuff from the lovley markets...
Tip 2...Leave room in you bag for the lovely stuff you will buy from markets etc when you can't live without that gorgeous top and you can get the price down to 100baht
Tip 3....Target and Big W, the Aussie version of Primark...... I didn't actually bring any warm clothes apart from those trousers and a couple of long sleeved tops. So just before I got to Aus I bought some cheapo trainers and jeans in Kuala Lumpur....You need jeans, despite what people say if you're going to Aus/NZ/US. But it was still warm when I got to Aus, so kept the summer stuff and gradually bought warmer stuff, found a cheap coat in Sydney.
Its such a waste, I have stacks of perfect warm winter stuff at home, but it just would've been impossible to cart it all with me....
Erm...My dilemma is this....I have to have enough warm stuff for NZ, but then I am going back through Thailand and Laos and India, so I can't get rid of my summery stuff just yet.... Everytime I put my bag on the scales at an airport I'm as nervous as a drug smugger.
The plan is to give away/send home the warm stuff when I leave NZ. If I can get there without a huge excess baggage charge!