I can't believe how quickly these past few months have flown by. I leave next week. So excited.
Is it normal to feel that this isn't really happening? I expect to wake up one morning in Perth thinking, Oh, i really did it!!! someone pinch me.
Anyways. I've got my insurance, backpack, had my jabs & now hundred things that I probably won't need that people have bought for me: Mosquito net, Mosquito repleants, water 'bladder', water purifying tablets, fisrt aid kit + day bag.
DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY TAKE ALL THIS - OR WILL I BRING IT ALL BACK?
is there some special way to pack all of this?
Also taking: 2 pair footwear (sandles & trainers)
1 micro fleece
3 tops & 2 t-shirts
3 crop trousers (pants)
Is this too much? or is this normal? I'm going for a year, and have a 55ltr backpack.(Asia, Oz, NZ, USA)
any thoughts/advice is greatly appreciated. Jen x
I think you will be doing about right with what you have, when packing just think that if you have too much you are weighed down, but take less and you are free to enjoy the trip and if you find there is something you need when you are out there, just buy it!! :^)
Are you planning to do any trekking etc? If so then the purification tablets will be useful, but if you are hostel hopping then I was banking on everywhere having bottled water (you are doin the same route as me by the way, but I dont go til march 07). Can anyone confirm this otherwise, thats summat I've gotta think about as well!
How long you gonna be in Oz for by the way???
To be honest, unless you are thinking about losing yourself in the jungle I wouldn't worry about water purification tablets. You can get bottled water everywhere in SE Asia, even in places you wouldn't have thought you could. Just a bit of common sense, make sure when you buy it, the seal is not broken. Your clothing list sounds fine and to be honest in Asia if you need anything it is so damn cheap to buy or replace things. After 8 months I didn't come home with any clothing I took with me. I only used my mosquito net once but they are handy. If you realise that you don't need something, you can always send some of it home, I sent home 13 packages of gifts and other bits and bobs and they all arrived.
If you need to know anything else, let me know
Enjoy, I'm very jealous!!
I recomand flip flops for the community showers at hostels, they're sometimes not that clean (at least in South America) so it's good to have them to wear when you take a shower if they fit into your bag that is.
Other then that I think you have a great packing list. The less the better. Just don't forget your camera and a paperback book for the long bus rides
thanks for you thoughts. i'll just have to practise packing all this week.