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1. Posted by spacecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

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Silly girlie questions here but
1) If I am going walkign in national parks in january is it better to take proper hiking boots or are sandals ok? I'm not sure I fancy having tarantulas climbing over my feet but I'm thinking its a bit hot fo boots.
2) backpack or bag on wheels? surely its easier to travel with wheels no? I'll be traveling down the west coast for about 3 weeks.

Thanks!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting spacecake

Silly girlie questions here but
1) If I am going walkign in national parks in january is it better to take proper hiking boots or are sandals ok? I'm not sure I fancy having tarantulas climbing over my feet but I'm thinking its a bit hot fo boots.
2) backpack or bag on wheels? surely its easier to travel with wheels no? I'll be traveling down the west coast for about 3 weeks.

Thanks!

Personal preference on the bags. Believe it or not thousands and thousands of tourists travel using suitcases - don't believe it just check out what is on the baggage carousel! Most of the tourists and backpackers go from airport to taxi/bus and from there to hotel/hostel and then switch to a smaller bag when walking around. Actually walking trails any long distance with a backpack on is rare! Make sure you can lock what ever bag you bring. You can get some small cheap brass locks in Thailand if you want.

You could travel with a couple large bags, one hanging from each shoulder. Bags are easier to lock up in cheap hostels or hotels! Also make sure you have a small bag that you can use for walking around. (I stick the smaller bag in one of the larger bags when in transit.) You can use a wheelie too! Millions of tourists probably have done so. Keep in mind that you will often have to lift that bag over cracks, puddles, holes, curbs, crap on the sidewalk, electric wires etc. Sometimes when I have a lot of junk to bring over I use my big wheelie. Sometimes just a couple bags, one on each shoulder. Up to you!

I don't like sandals! Easy choice for me to not have any! For walking around you can probably get by with some regular low hikers. (Like one of these: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/d/11031_Womens-Hiking-Shoes.html)

I don't care for sandals for walking around the woods because it is too easy to stub your toes, get small cuts or abrasions that turn into infections, sunburned feet, etc. Other people love them!

Happy New Year

3. Posted by spacecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Thank you for your response.

I've decided to take a backpack now and am really happy I did so. If anyone threatens me I can turn around quicktime and knock them out so it also serves as a fantastic defence tactic! (only kidding). I packed everything to see how it fits and it actually seems quite comfortable to carry. Much more self contained than pulling a suitcase.

I had decided on sandals, however i have just read a reply to another post I put on a forum about a jungle hike I hope todo and I was reminded about the LEECHES. I think you are both right and I will have to go with the bots. I prefer to not have love bites all over my feet.

Happy New Year!

4. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hey on the footwear topic northface do great trainer like shoes thay are very breathable n comfy to wear there are 2 to choose from

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im gettin the guy version, this way u get the comfert of the sandel effect with the protection of the all round cover....

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

there was a link in that last comment........wll north face do reli gd shoes so have a look at them

6. Posted by spacecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Thanks for the link. I have dcided to go with boots. i spoke to a friend who trekked in south america and once I heard about the leeaches - and snakes! I was well and truly converted to being as covered up as possible. I think its worth the extra weight!
I was recommended baggy trousers to (for anyone else that is interested in this thread) as apparently snakes and leeches tend to grab onto the first layer they find, thereby keeping them away from the skin.
I dont expect it is going to be a heavy treck in Thailand but I'll be more able to enjoy it if I have the proper gear.
Thanks for all yoru advice. I'm all set and ready to go now : )