Replies: 37 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2013 2:51 PM Last Post By: gawkabout
May 10, 2013 2:15 PM
15Don't stay up all nightwith excitement b4 leaving home. (yeah right). All the years I've been traveling, and all the diff pcks, duffles, rolling du.., pack with wheels thatt weighed 8.5 lbs empty. heee hee
I think I have a stem down.
But I repack abbout three times the night b4 cast-off.
I'm never more alive than when agawking.
getting lost is a bonus!
May 10, 2013 2:15 PM
May 10, 2013 4:43 PM
17My backpack is 8-9 kg/35 l., I'm male, so I carry less than average woman. It's one piece, carry on, handy on flights, busses and trains.
5 underwear, 5 pairs of socks, 2 t-shirts, 3 shortsleeved shirts, 2 longsleeved shirts, 1 long trousers, 2 pairs of shortpants, 1 pair of sandals, a book. Plus a little torch, toilettries (toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, small shampoo), fleece jacket, shell jacket.
Separate waist pouch for camera, wallet and sun glasses.
That's what I usually have, no matter what country and what climate or temps (-10 C to 40 C). I've never missed anything.
I can wash t-shirts or socks in the bathroom, or at a laundry service. Things like sleeping bags and tents can be hired.
I don't carry laptop with me. There're inernet cafes everywhere.
May 10, 2013 9:35 PM
18I've never been able to get it below 15 kg. Most bags weigh at least 3.5 kg. I agree about jeans, but suggest light-weight long underwear for under the light pants for necessary warmth.
Anyone still travel with a sleep sheet - I had one made out of an Indian sari. Light weight, and gorgeous. I also must have my binoculars with me. And, if going to mozzie areas, my free-standing mosquito tent!
May 10, 2013 10:37 PM
19I see there is another person who goes by the rule of three!!! it has worked for me for years. I do put in a skirt when i go to a hot country, as it is more comfortable than long pants. Just Google 'fisherman's vest' and you will find a place either in Oz or on line. there are dozens of styles. you could probably get one at a sports shop. I once travelled with a woman who wore one, and it was brilliant, esp. for her camera gear in the pre digital camera days.
May 11, 2013 8:47 AM
20My point, gawk, is that there are valuable and unique things available for purchase in SE Asia and elsewhere. I’ve been fortunate enough to bring some of them home and they bring me pleasure, both in their presence and in the memories they evoke.
Your post seemed to say that there is little of value to bring home from travels and that what you’ve seen can be had at garage sales. You’re wrong on both counts.
May 11, 2013 9:31 AM
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May 13, 2013 6:13 PM
Your point "there are valuable and unique things available for purchase in SE Asia and elsewhere."
I would say, each to it's own taste. What is valuable to you could be junk to me! Therefore, it is hasty to point out that gawk is wrong on both counts.
I grew up with some of the stuff you collected and therefore, it is a truism that for me 'familiarity breeds contempt'. Also, I have come to a stage in my life that I prefer not to burden myself with material goods. As for memories, you carry it around with you, and for me, that is enough. Why should one burden oneself with "unique and valuable stuff" or eager to show it and to share it with people who have no interest in what you collected. They after all have their own memories.
May 14, 2013 10:13 AM
27Lee (if you're the Lee with the little house in Cali, then big respect),
The value of the things I’ve accumulated is to me and there is also artistic and monetary value. The value to me is indisputable and the current issue of Arts of Asia features several pieces (silver betel paraphernalia and lacquerware) that are almost exactly like (in terms of age, workmanship, style, material) what is sitting within reach as I type. So that would speak some to artistic and monetary value.
That your contempt (I’m assuming a figure of speech) for some of what I like would indicate a lack of value in those things makes no sense other than there is a lack of value for you. I put no value in Rolex watches, but I don’t think they have no value.
I don’t think many people who come into this room see it in terms of full of souvenirs.
There is still a lot of good stuff in SE Asia and I assume, elsewhere. That’s really my only point.
Good luck with the lightening effort. REI is having a great sale right now (if you’re in North America), with good deals on the synthetic clothing that is essential for lightening the load. Good backpacks, too.
May 14, 2013 10:19 AM
May 14, 2013 11:40 PM
29Lee52, I can't talk as a female but my partner, Vikki, only takes one pair of shoes - the ones she's wearing. These are rather cute but amazingly sturdy and ultra- lightweight Keens walking shoes. They seem to fit any occassion from climbing the vulcano in Bali to breakfast with the Australian ambassador in Cairo. They are available in Australia in maybe half a dozen styles.
Sometimes Vikki may take a pair of very lightweight sandals, but not always. That's it as far as footwear goes and it saves a lot of weight. I just take the lightweight walking shoes I wear, fairly normal looking and not those outrageous designs, so they are multi-functional when it comes to going out to restaurants, etc.
Bags feeling light?
Coffee table looking bare?
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