As I embark on my first trip to Central and South America (Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador, here I come!) I’m packing my bag with 4 weeks to go already. This might seem slightly mental, and admittedly it is, but packing is something that is an absolute art. Take too much and you’re effectively a tiny pack-horse carting around things you’ll never need but will be brilliant in the “what-if” scenario. Pack too little and...well, this has never happened, I don’t know what this is like.
For my last trip to ‘The Stans’ I’d purchased an incredible versatile and lightweight 44 litre back-pack. It’s got everything I need – tonnes of space, flexible, lightweight, it’s just brilliant! As I pack for this trip, and I start decreasing and decreasing my initial loads, I’m realising its way too big and I may well be re-using my 25 litre day pack again. 25 litres for 4 weeks travel....blimey. So here are some of my packing tips I’ve picked up across my travels, hope they’re useful. Some, admittedly, are bleeding obvious, but some have proved extremely useful:
So far in my 25 litre I’ve packed:
Will keep you posted on how I travel!