In case you were wondering what we're taking with us, we've compiled a bit of a list!
First Off - The Actual Packs
Courtenay: Kathmandu Entrada 65L with 15L daypack. Being top and front loading, it makes it a hell of a lot easier to get to all your stuff! The straps can be zipped away for flights, and a handy shoulder (duffel bag) type strap can be used for lugging it around. (Note: We didn't actually find this strap until just recently... it was just a little bit hidden! Would have been super handy in Thailand too...). Departure Weight: 15kg + 4kg carry on
Darryl: Kathmandu Interloper 70L with 18L daypack. One thing we've found - guys clothes are bigger/bulkier than gals! Hence 70L doesn't seem to be any different than 65L. This one also has a top and front entry, but with the added bonus of a bottom entry which comes in handy for things like shoes/sleeping bags. Departure Weight: 16kg + 4kg carry on
We are not super super techy kind of people, so we won't be carrying a lot of gadgets, so this list will be short and sweet!
Go Pro Hero 4 - Purchased 2nd hand from an online garage sale site, we've not had a Go Pro before but it seems kind of nifty! Update: Can confirm, Go Pro is nifty, however half the time we either forget it or are too scared to take it out and wave a few hundred around!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - Not wanting the burden of heavy laptops, nor the expense of having to buy new/lightweight/travel specific/expensive laptops, we're just going to take our old tablet. It has a Bluetooth keyboard case, so will still be fine for updating this blog and whatever else we need to do.
Cell Phones - Both of our phones are over 2 years old, so it's not a huge issue if they get lost/stolen etc (it will be annoying if this actually happens though!). Darryl uses a HTC and Courtenay has a Samsung S5 - both semi-decent phones with decent size screens 🙂
Accessories - 1x 18,000 Swiss Mobility Power Bank, power adapters, spare micro SD cards, and random attachments for the Go Pro (like a selfie stick and a chest mount)
Gear List - Clothing, Shoes, etc
Do you really want to know exactly what we have?
Basically, too much. A month in, and at least 2 of my shirts, a polar fleece, a skirt and a rain coat haven't been worn. And a pair of boots... perhaps we'll send some things home shortly?
Most Useful Shit - One Month In
Packing Cells: Go on, be a travel nerd. Buy those packing cells. They're like drawers for your bag, and oh so easy to repack with!
Laundry Bag: Its water proof, and stink proof, and you can do your washing in a sink, no need for a plug! Just throw in a bar of Sunlight Soap (also wins and award for most useful shit we have) give it a swirl, rinse, and string up your paracord washing line. Woot!
Puffer Jackets: A pillow, a blanket, a jacket. Verstile and warm, and it seems all the locals have them, invest in a good down jacket before you travel - they pack down to virtually nothing too!
Pocket Knife: Darryl's trusty pocket knife has been a lifesaver in many a hostel so far - basically to the point where we don't worry about trying to use any of the hostel knives any more - they're always blunt!
Rather than purchase bottled water everywhere we go, we've got one of these nifty wee contraptions. What is it? Basically its a UV light that you swirl around in your water (1 litre of water takes 90 seconds) and it kills all the nasties.
Available for e-readers, or in good old fashioned paperback (we've got both versions!) you can't go wrong with Lonely Planet. Each country has a handy overview page for things like quick currency conversions, best times to visit, festivals etc. Probably not a book to read from cover to cover, but handy if you want to read about your next destination while on that 12 hour night bus.
Although it is possible to get by in major Latin American cities without speaking Spanish, just a few phrases go a long way in making friends, inviting service with a smile, and ensuring a rich and rewarding travel experience – you could dance the night away at a salsa club, taste the best local dishes or find a gorgeous beach off the tourist trail.
This phrasebook is a handy size, throw it in your daypack and one day when you need to ask where the baño is, or how much your cuy costs, you can whip this out and give your Español a whirl with the locals!
Although we get free travel insurance with our credit card for 40 days, if we purchased cover for the other 140 with the same company, it was going to cost us around $1500 - and it didn't even cover us for half of what World Nomads is going to! We were going to have to purchase multiple "upgrades" and we soon started to see this was not the best option.
Instead, we were able to purchase a policy with World Nomads for 180 days for a little over $1400 - including cover for all the cool stuff we plan on doing.
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