Packing tips – Items I wouldn’t travel without

While being on the road for almost a year, my backpack has changed a few times. I’ve bought a few new things, and sent home some other things.

At least I noticed that I don’t need to have everything with me the whole time. It really depends on where you are going, if you are changing between different climates and temperatures. Most things you can buy along the way if you really need it, then you don’t have to carry it around the first time and it’s probably cheaper too.

I’ve been in warm and cold big cities, hot beaches with surf and scuba dive, high and cold mountain tops… And I’m glad I had something (not everything!) for every occasion with me. While traveling in hot summer climate, I really thought it was a waste of place to bring my fleece jacket everywhere – but I really needed it on the cold cold night bus journeys.

But maybe I wouldn’t have needed to bring a sleeping bag with me, because I only used it like 3 times during 8 months. It would probably have been better (lighter and less space) to just rent one when I needed it. I also brought my rain jacket with me, but I sent it back after 2 months because I hadn’t used it even once, and it was literally just a waste of space. Instead I bought a thin plastic rain poncho for 2 USD which was even better because I could have it over my backpack too, haha. Just something to keep in mind! Anyhow!

Here are some items I’ve used a lot and would never travel without, things I’m like “omg I’m so glad I brought this with me!” haha.

Macbook Air 13” – perfect travel computer, light and good enough for editing pictures and videos, writing blog entries, watching film and tv-series ;) A little to small hard-disk for storage, but it depends on how long time you are traveling. I know I couldn’t have been without a computer at least, but a lot of people travel without!

USB-memories – for storage.  I prefer USB memories to hard disks because I feel it’s less chance to break and also I don’t like to have everything in just one place. Generally for electronics the prices are getting lower and lower, but in under-developed countries it’s still the same prices as we had maybe 5 years ago.  (for example in Sweden a 16 gb USB memory costs the same today as a 8 gb USB memory costed a couple of years ago). So depending on where you are going, it might be cheaper or the same price in your own country!

panasoniclumixA waterproof camera – Panasonic Lumix FT3 Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Camera – at first I didn’t like this camera so much because everything is pretty much automatic, but I got to LOVE it. It has great quality, great futures and great colors, you barely need to edit them. Love that it’s shockproof (2 meters) and waterproof up to 12 meters (40 feet) and has  a GPS! Then you know at what height or depth you are in. Perfect for adventure tours, hiking, climbing, snorkeling, beach, rain!

ultra-silA foldable waterproof daypackSea to summit Ultra Sil Dry Day Pack – Perfect to bring with you, doesn’t occupy much space in the backpack but so useful. Not too comfortable when it’s heave, because of the thin strips, but it’s perfect as a daypack – also it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for surfing, snorkeling and scuba dive-trips, but also for the beach or when it’s raining. I’ve used it so much!

 

Flipflops – I bought mine for like 4 USD in Mexico and it’s the most used item I have. Sometimes you just don’t want to have the supercomfy and ugly teva-sandals or trekkingshoes, just easy flip flops to wear the beach, around the city, or just in the house or to the shower

Travel towel – I prefer the normal towers, but compared to the space it would occupy – not worth it! Also I use the towel as a “protector” from insight around my bed when I’m in hostels. (hate knowing people are watching me while sleeping haha) 

LMF-spork


Spork
Light my fire – after 4 months it broke, so bring a couple of them! I used mine so much, sometimes if you bring your own meal/snacks on the bus ride, to the tour or to your room, and you really need a spoon or a fork for it. Perfect!!!

 

LeathermanA multi-tool – Leatherman. I’ve used mine so much!!  To cut up apples, open cans, open sodas, filing my nails, tighten loose screws, cut threads for the bracelets.. etc!

 

A couple of meters of thin rope
– To hang up washed clothes to dry, but also to hang my travel towel around my bed. Sometimes to tie something to my backpack. Very good to have! 

Head lamp – had a normal flash light in the beginning but bought a head torch for the Inca Trail. You usually need a flashlight and your hands free at the same time – like when packing or searching for something in the dark hostel room or hiking at night/early morning with hiking poles.

packing-cellsPacking cells – I just love them to organize my backpack. If I’m looking for something, I just have to take out the packing cells and open the one I know where my item is in. I always see other backpackers stuff laying around everywhere on their bed or on the floor, super chaotic unorganized. I like to have my stuff ready to go. I have one small for underwear and swimwear, a 2 L one for warm clothes/socks/union suit (which I never have to open in warmer countries), another 2 L one for my tops and t-shirts, and one 6L for pants, shorts, dresses, skirts and my fleece jacket.

Pad Lock – You will definitively need one or two. I have a cable lock pad – perfect for locking the backpack in plenty of spaces and also into a chair or a pole in the bus or the train. I also have a regular one for hostel lockers etc and for my daypack.


Foldable tooth brush
 – Takes less space and get’s less dirty! Works perfectly fine too!

A few clothing items I’ve used way to much and which is totally worth to have with you wherever you go –

A light cardigan/long-sleeved shirt – even in the hottest countries it sometimes get a little bit chilly. Also good to have a little protection against mosquitoes or direct sunlight. Sometimes you also need to cover your shoulders to enter a church.

Union suit – for cold nights and chilly bus rides. I used it as a pyjamas while sleeping in tents or in rooms where it was under 10*C inside at night. Not just an extra layer, but also perfect in the morning when you don’t want to put on freezing cold clothes direct on your body – just put the clothes on top of the union suit. Also on the damn cold super air-conditioned night buses between cities – would have died without it! And I even used it in the tropic jungle – it got a little chilly to sleep outside in the hammock!

Cap – When the sun is high and burning it really helps – especially to not be blinded by the sun but also to cool your head/hair a little bit. Also good to cover up your greasy and dirty hair when you haven’t been able to take a shower in a couple of days. And to have under your winter hat in sunny winter days.

For women:

Really light dress – For all occasions. Good to have to the beach above your bikini on your way there and from there, or when you are at home or at the hostel – takes 1 sec to put it on and it’s really comfy and light.  And also if you want to dress up a little bit in the city you can just add a belt or a necklace to it.

Leggings – Good to prevent mosquitoes, ticks and other insect bites at night and if it’s a little chilly and still want to have a skirt, or if it’s cold you can have them under your pants. Would never travel without leggings! 

Tampons – I actually brought a reeeally big pack with me (like 100) and I’m glad I did, because first of all, they don’t sell it every country/city, and at least in south America, where it’s not to common – it’s more expensive then in Sweden! And only boxes of 8 or something.

I hope this helps someone out there! (?)

14,3 kg!

Hi!

I’m at the airport now. Everything went really smoothly. It’s weird that I’m still so calm. Guess I can’t believe it yet.

My luggage only weighted 14,3 kg! Usually when I travel to Spain I always have overweight (more then 20kg), and its only for a few weeks. Haha.

So, I’ll keep you updated!

Miss you already :)

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Updating you and the travel gear

Helluuu!

For my MacBook Air 11″ (which I looove already), there aren’t many options for hard cases. There are plenty for bigger airs though.  The only good hard case that was available was this one – Hardcandy’s Bubble Sleeve.  I like that it’s water-resistant and also quite shock proof. You have also this red rubber things under the computer – to make it stay in place, the only problem I found is that if you open the case, the backside just falls down. I wanted it to stay tight to the computer screen so I can ”hide” my computer a little bit. So I just sue an elastic rubber tape on it. Now I’m happy!

Bubble sleeve modification

What else… I’ve bought almost all my stuff now, this is the last thing I got home. I’ve read about it on different forums and people say it works really good. Let’s hope so! It’s a multi-purpose soap, so you can use it as shampoo, or wash your clothes, your dishes or other dirty gear. I will mainly use it to wash up my underwear and my dishes when I’m having a lunchbox with me. :)

And I got my last vaccine, the second Dukoral, you drink it at home and it’s against cholera and tourist diarrhea (not so fresh, no). So now I’m ready for everything! Haha.

Wilderness wash

Wilderness wash

 

 

 

Dukoral

Dukoral

 

Oh, and If I haven’t told you yet, I have booked and payed for both the surf lessons and the padi open water-course, and hostels to both places (Puerto Escondido and Cozumel). Since I’ll be busy most of the day with these things it didn’t feel right to Couchsurf really. Also, I’ll see this as some sort of mini-vacation :)

Until next!

Beach volley and moderating travel gear

This weekend went really fast.

On Friday after work and fencing training I just went home and fall asleep. Yesterday, Saturday I was with the fencing family the whole day, starting with indoor beach volley and later home-made pizza at Carros place. It was a great day, lot’s of fun, but it also shortens the weekend with a day where you can’t do anything on your list.

Today I managed to run some errands, the things you do on weekends your know, I picked up stuff, returned other stuff,  washed the dishes, bought groceries, made food, cleaned my home, worked some with Filmfamiljen and also, finally, I have a shelf in the bathroom! (Thank you Carro (other Carro then the first one) and Bertil once again!)


I picked up these today!

They are called GoToob, which seems to be the ”new thing”. It’s patented soft bottle, and I have read a lot of reviews of them before I purchased them. I was looking for a solid tube that doesn’t leak, I really don’t want to open my bag and find it full of liquids.
Haven’t been traveling with them yet, but I’ve filled them up, squeezed and shaken, and no leaking! And I love that it’s made of soft silicone so it’s easy to squeeze.

The smaller sizes I bought of 60 ml also have a suction cup. The bigger ones of 80 ml don’t (I guess it would be to heavy). In the bigger ones I’ll have the irreplaceable creams I need to bring (subscription from doctor), and the smaller ones with replaceable creams (shampoo etc).

The GoToob has a large opening so it’s really easy to fill it with substances from other bigger bottles. If you like me have taken body lotion in your hair instead of shampoo or conditioner, this travel bottle has the solution – a content indicator in the cap! It has an inner ring with content indicators like Lotion, Shamp. Cond. Sun. Soap and a free space to write your own content. It also has a special ”no-drip” valve helps the cap stay clean and fresh.

When I put the GoToobs in my toiletry bag, I noticed that when I had the bag open but not hanged up, the upper section gets upside down and one of the pockets (the one at the top) doesn’t have any zipper so the content falls out. So I sew some Velcro fastener there. Very proud of myself. Now it’s great. I really like this bag, it’s small but a lot of stuff fit’s in there! It’s from Snugpack and it’s called Essential Wash Bag Olive.


Don’t want to get embarrassed during my travels. Hehe. Now it’s much better!
So, a tips if you are about to travel long-term, try everything before you depart!  It’s better to find out what works and what doesn’t when you are at home.

Well. That’s the updates.
Until next!

Package!


New camera, extra battery and SD-card

It’s just something special when something you have ordered has arrived. I do more and more often order stuff from the internet. If I need a normal pair of socks, I go to a store, but if it’s something a little bit rare that I’m looking for – I do research on the internet about it, compare products, read reviews, check youtube-videos and I compare prices on different sites where I can purchase it from. Usually it’s also cheaper to purchase it through the web then in the store, and very often that specific brand or product doesn’t have a retailer in my town, Stockholm.

Also, it’s a funnier way to shop. You go through more ”happy points” then buying it in a store. The first kick, is when you have decided what you want to purchase, and paid for it. Then, a couple of days later, when you either receive a e-mail, get a text message or get the avi in the mailbox, it’s another kick ”wooow, my products are here!”, the third one comes when you actually go and get your package, and the last and best one is of course when you open it at home. :)

Of course, there is also a back side, I have quite often had to return the product because it didn’t match my expectations or because it wasn’t my size. I’m sure many of you think that it’s a lot easier to just find it in a store, try it there, and if it fits, then when you leave the store with the product in your hand directly.

But for me, I prefer to have to deal with returning orders rather than walking around in different stores. When it matches your expectations or/and fits your size, then it’s truly a perfect match because it’s something you really want and not something you have just bought on an impulse or a ”I’ll take this because it’s the only ones I’ve found in the 3 stores I’ve been to”.

Anyhow, this time I bought light weight sandals and a waterproof camera and I’m very very happy. I’ll give you a reviews of my items in another post, another day.


The first ones I ordered didn’t match my expectations, but this ones certainly did!

Resekläder

Här kommer en bild på några av kläderna ni kommer att få se mig i under resan. :)
Eftersom jag ska leva i en ryggsäck i 6 månader så känns det som att man vill satsa på kläder som man han ka till det mesta.


Det första jag behövde var ett par byxor som skulle hålla hela resan, dels som jag kan vandra inkaleden i, gå på djungeltur i, gå på trek i, jobba i (jag ska ju volontära med djur och på en eco park) men också relativt neutrala så att jag kan ha dem till vardags (vill inte gå runt med en vanlig vildmarksbyxa i en stad). Jag hittade en billig variant för 298 kr, som jag tycker känns och sitter bra. De prasslar lite mer än väntat om dem, men de verkar vara tåliga. Det är en T&P allround byxa från idefixteko.

Det andra är en slags sport-kjol av märket Arcteryx (W’s Mentum Skort). Det är ett otroligt lätt stretchmaterial som andas och också torkar väldigt fort. Dessutom är det innerbyxor insydda (jag får alltid sår av att låren går emot varandra när jag går i kjol utan strumpbyxor), och på ena byxbenet så finns en liten värdeficka. Sjukt smart! Så det kan jag både ”idrotta” i och även ha vid lite finare sammanhang. Köpte dem på addnature, tyvärr finns inte finns kvar på hemsidan, det var utförsäljning och jag köpte den för halva priset, 450 kr (ändå dyrt!) (p.s. bilden tagen i en skitig spegel).

Sist men inte minst, ett par bra skor! Garmont W’s Escape. Det är egentligen ett par trailrunningskor anpassade för varmt klimat, som är bra för alla typer av terräng. Det är bra och bekväma prommenadskor, som jag även kan ha som joggingskor i spåret eller på berget! Dessutom är de svarta, så att jag kan ha dem till vardags med. Även dessa köptes på kampanj, för 750:- (också dyrt, men originalpris 1600:-)
Imorgon är det egentligen dags för mig att ta min andra hepatit-spruta, men jag ska också dra ut en visdomstand på förmiddagen, så jag ska ringa dem och checka om det är ok att göra det samma dag, eller om det är bättre att vänta lite.

Hörs!

Paket!

Hej hej,

Igår kom det lite paket! Jag får ta bilder på innehållet sen.

Det minsta paketet innehöll iaf en android surfplatta jag köpt på tradera för 500 kr. Det är från den jag skriver nu. Det är någon billig variant, är inte riktigt säker på märket , tror det heter mid. Uppfyller iaf mina ändamål för att kunna lagra bilder från kameran och backupa dem online plus att jag nog kan spara dem på ett usb-minne också, måste bara skaffa mig en mini-usb till usb-adapter. Annars  är den som iphonen fast utan sim-kort. Tänkte att jag under resan kan skriva i ett worddokument och sedan när jag har wifi så kan jag klistra in det jag skrivit i ett blogginlägg och lägga upp. Verkar som att batteritiden är kass, men jag ska prova den lite till.

De andra paketen innehöll resekläder och skor, men allt var inte enligt min förväntan så vissa grejer ska tillbaks.

Until next!

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