We're presently on our 4.5 hour Oslo to Myrdal train ride. The internet is pretty spotty, so no travel planning is going to take place onboard, unfortunately. I did manage to buy our Baltic bus tickets prior to getting too far out in the country. That just leaves Portugal->Spain bus tickets and then car or train within Spain left to book. And of course South America...
Anyhoo, seems an ideal time to talk packing, as various people have asked how we pack for 11 weeks. The simple answer is that we don't, we pack for 1 week. But it's a little more complicated than that, primarily because the first part of our trip features temperatures as low as the 40's, while the back half will be mostly 70's and 80's.
To the best of my recollection, here is what I packed:
- 5 pairs socks - 3 ankle socks and 2 calf-length
- 5 pairs boxers, Ex-Officio brand
- 3 pairs pants, Columbia brand, quick dry
- 2 pairs shorts, both Patagonia brand
- 1 swimsuit
- 8 shirts
- 3 button down long sleeve shirts (1 Ex-Officio, 1 Academy Sports Magellan brand, 1 Columbia)
- 2 button short sleeve (1 Eddie Bauer Travex, 1 Patagonia)
- 2 polo shirts (1 Columbia, 1 Nike golf shirt)
- 1 lightweight running shirt
- 1 Patagonia base layer (long sleeve zip front)
- 1 Patagonia nano puff jacket
- 2 pairs shoes
- Ecco leather shoes with Synch laces (greatest thing ever: http://www.synchbands.com/)
- Keen sandals
We selected the clothes based on their ability to quick-dry and be relatively wrinkle free. We even tested some shirts by soaking them in water and then letting them hang dry to see what dried fastest. We returned more than a few items that were either slow to dry or wrinkled like crazy.
- Surface 3
- Monster travel strip (Super helpful: http://amzn.to/1Iga52K)
- European plug adapter
- Vapur collapsible water bottle http://amzn.to/1IgaceI
- Canon 60D DLSR with 24-105mm lens
- Ripped out pages from Rick Steves guidebooks
- All the usual toiletries, including 1 electric toothbrush and 1 toothbrush head each
- Chargers for all our various devices
All this is packed into an Osprey Meridian 28 wheeled backpack (http://amzn.to/1KhODwM) using packing cubes (also invaluable: http://amzn.to/1IgbjuR). For this trip Jie and I each have a bag and Walter has a Pottery Barn kids rolling backpack. I've got most of Walter's stuff packed in with me.
So far in the trip I've worn about half my shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of boxers. Each night we sink wash and hang the day's clothes. If anything, at this point I suppose I could have packed lighter. Having said that, it's certainly easier to keep things fresh when it's cool all day and you don't work up the same level of sweat than we did in Shanghai, for example. When we get into a warmer climate we'll see if we can maintain this routine.
And finally, this website was super helpful as I decided what to pack. You'll notice my list is very similar to his:http://thesavvybackpacker.com/backpacking-europe-packing-list/