Back in the day, I blogged about our packing, making a list of everything we were planning to take with us. I’m sure you’ve not been able to sleep for wondering if our washing schedule can keep up with our limited number of underpants.
I’m happy to report that while our clothes are starting to look a little frayed, they’ve been amply sufficient. We’ve used absolutely everything from the hats to the pac a macs and thermals. The New Zealand summer is often much like a British one, and there have been days when almost everything has been worn at once.
Almost everything else has been used too. The electronics stuff gets used constantly, as you can probably tell by the endless blog posts, photos, films and if you’re very lucky, emails. We’ve added to our stash with a tiny, but not tinny, speaker for the iPod, so we can listen to music on long car journeys and in our accomodation. We were missing music.
The first aid kit has been raided endlessly for car sick pills and graze repairs. Steve got a nasty coral gash in Hawaii, but he was a brave soldier when I dressed it.
The swiss army knife has cut fingernails, apples, paper and opened a tin of tuna, a particularly risky operation that happily didn’t involve the loss of any digits. The travel washing line has saved us a fortune in dryers and the earplugs are always useful to block out the children’s snoring. The sewing kit has fixed a shoddy pair of Walmart pyjamas and the head torches have been used both for reading when the children are asleep, and exploring creepy Hawaiian lava tubes.
The children’s books are read every night, and their school work gets dipped in and out of. The art and craft stuff gets frequently used for turning cereal boxes into alligators.
A special mention has to go to the tupperware boxes, which get used almost every day. We may be the only backpackers who think tupperware is essential, but we are about two decades older than most backpackers.
So that’s about it really. We can carry all our stuff when we need to, it’s pretty much all useful and we’ve got just enough stuff. I could do with some new clothes as mine are falling apart. I’m hoping Sydney will oblige.