One of the absolute best things about planning for a trip is to do the packing, don’t you agree? I know it may sound silly but it’s such an exciting stage of the planning, getting to think about what you will need during your journey. I can start planning on what to bring weeks in advance, preferably writing lists so I don’t forget anything. And when planning a long trip like this one, what to bring has obviously been on our minds from the start and we finally got around to put it all into one long list – check out the equipment page that I just updated!
Our trip is obviously the more outdoorsy kind since we’re going to be camping almost every night and live with basic facilities. But it’s still very different from the outdoor trips I’ve been on before. I have done my fair share of travelling light, doing quite a few hiking trips into the woods and mountains when I was younger. Then you know that you have to limit the equipment list to the absolute necessary things, because you are going to carry whatever you bring on your back. Your tent, your sleeping bag, your clothes, your kitchen, your fuel, your food, everything. The first few days are always so hard when hiking. I usually end up with a slightly too heavy backpack no matter how hard I try and your body isn’t used to carry the load for hours a day. Plus you usually have the steep climbing onto the mountains the first couple of days, making it even harder.
Compared to that, travelling by car is luxury. You can bring loads of gear AND heavy stuff! I’m so looking forward to being able to bring pretty much everything I need, although keeping it to a minimum of course. I don’t have to cut the shaft off my toothbrush just to save a few grams!
However, I have a feeling we will be standing there with all our gear, about to the pack up the cruiser – and we will only be able to fit half of it in there… But we’ll see! Making a proper packing list was the first step, getting all our gear together and actually test packing the cruiser will be the next, very exciting, thing to do!
So now, let us know, did we forget anything on the list? Is there something you wouldn’t bring? What do you always travel with? What do you always bring but never use?
Here’s more or less what we’ve planned so far around the cruiser’s different storage areas – but it will probably change a few times when we actually start packing it…