I'm stressed about the packing (of course), a year is a long time and not going by any planes means I have to carry that sucker every day! We researched into various backpacks and after our safari to South Africa we did really like the Osprey range. However I found the ones we took on safari were not going to be suitable as I did not like the top opening style, as for sure the stuff I wanted was on the bottom!! So we looked at the full opening ones.
I do however have a slight issue in that I am tall... so I did have our first problem of having to buy a new backpack as the first one wasn't suitable. It is important to make sure you get properly fitted or do some research into how the backpack should fit you.
Then a lot of research went into what to actually pack. Thankfully for many YouTube bloggers providing much advice!
So what has gone into the backpack (note this will probably change on Monday!!!!!)....
5 pairs of Uniglo undies (we took 3 on our 6 week trip to Japan - too hard to keep washing) Uniglo are the best!! Super lightweight and dries very fast!
3 pairs of socks (not all too thick as hiking boots are quite hot)
One pair of thermals (top & bottoms) (yup Uniglo again!! 3 weeks of skiing these never let me down!)
1 dress (managed to get a reversible one from a hiking store - so can dress it up to go out for dinner, can be casual and made out of suitable material for hiking
1 pair of shorts
1 pair of zip off hiking pants (so have 2 shorts and a long pair of pants)
1 pair of board shorts - that are suitable to run and do fitness in, swim and also nice enough to wear as shorts during the day
1 pair of hiking pants that can also look smart
2 short sleeved tops that are made from merino wool (very important point! Merino takes the sweat and constant washing without smelling... unlike your sports wear shirts!)
1 long sleeved t-shirt that can be worn layered with the short sleeve or by itself.
1 medium warm jacket (also wind resistant)
1 down jacket that can be super squashed down as that will hardly be used but when its freezing... nothing wearing a duvet!
1 pair of very light weight sport shoes, can run and walk in
1 pair of hiking boots
1 pair of walking sandals that are also suitable to wear out to dinner
That's it!!... its all about layering!
Makeup was a little difficult but thankfully I'm not a person who cant go out without makeup! I don't like wearing it that much, but to go out it is nice to put on. So taking the very very basics! Foundation, powder, blush, one small eyeshadow mix, mascara and 1 lipstick
Toiletries... yep time to forget all the creams and lotions!! Nothing is going! Small deodorant, travel toothpaste, toothbrush and small shampoo that you can refill as you go.
What else to pack? The age of electronic gadgets don't help! Iphone and apple watch both need chargers but thankfully we both have them, so only one charger to share. We have an iPad Pro to share and a battery pack.
Being photographers this was the killer one! In the end after much discussions we are taking one camera to share (Petes is the better camera so that is going) with 2 lenses and after much deliberation one tripod. We did end up buying me a small pocket canon which will be good for blogging or social media etc.
Our luxury item (we all need one luxury item) is a hand held coffee grinder! When we were in Japan we came across this neat little fold up drip holder, super light weight.
Then there is the rain element... so we have backpack covers, a poncho and one small pocket umbrella which we discovered was needed on our Japan trip mainly to cover the camera!
Packing has been stressful for me. But someone said to me... don't worry about changing clothes, just change cities!