Two weeks ago I went on a four-day practice expedition around Calais, France. This time I’m doing the ‘real thing’ and going on a three-week venture around South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
I’ve never done anything like this before in my life and I’ve never lived out of a rucksack for so long. We’re going to do a LOT of walking but also lots of tourist stuff, so I need to pack a mix of clothes that I can wear whilst walking and easily wash but also clothes that are comfortable enough to wear out and about. So here goes:
I have so over-packed. I count 9 tops there. Fortunately, the tops on the top left are a special material so they will wash and dry quickly, they are lightweight and will take up barely any space in my bag. I’ll only wear those when walking as well – the other tops are for when I’m out doing touristy stuff and for the evening.
- 3 pairs of zip-off trousers
- 1 jumper
- 1 waterproof jacket
- 1 pair of waterproof over trousers
- 1 bikini
- Underwear (not pictured here, use your imagination!)
Roll matts are provided, so that was one thing that I dropped from Calais.
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Head torch
- Sleeping bag liner
- Travel pillow (a bit of comfort goes a long way)
- Travel towel
- Sleeping bag
Haribo starmix is my staple food when walking. I just pop them into my pocket and graze on them throughout the day. I was umming and arring over packing books, so in the end I just threw in two slim books that won’t take up much space. I’ve actually read both of those books before; ‘Into the Wild’ is quite fitting for the occasion! The kitkat is for the journey to the airport. The playing cards and juggling balls are for evening entertainment. There’s about 38 of us going and I intend to teach everyone of them how to juggle :)
Toiletries and Medicines etc
- Wet wipes
- Hair ties
- Tweezers and nail clippers
- Shower gel
- Shaving stuff
- Bog roll (just incase!)
- Bug spray
- Anti-bacterial gel
- First aid kit (including general first aid stuff, but also anti-poo tablets to treat the African s**ts… lovely)
- Rehydration sachets
- Toothbrush and tooth paste
- 3 weeks worth of Malarone (anti-malaria tablets)
- Compact mirror
- Washing liquid for clothes
- Hair brush
- Flight kit that I had hanging around (includes ear plugs)
- Survival bag (doubles up as a waterproof bag for my rucksack)
- Passport (including a visa for Mozambique)
- Money (rand and sterling)
- Camera with charger
How am I going to fit all of this in my rucksack?
This is the reason why I can bring so many clothes! These little babies are called dry bags and they are just that: they are bags that keep things dry. They also squeeze out the air so I can compress large bulky items down into nothing.
I’ll do another little post tomorrow to show you how the packing is progressing :D