What do I pack?
That dilemma that takes a bit of everyone before you leave 🙂
In thinking about what to take away and what unexpected events may happen on the road, everyone has their own style: some minimal, some to move, some takes weeks to make and unravel it several times, some throws everything in at the last, closes without looking and hello. We meet again in a couple of weeks.
Over the years I have changed “technique”, lately I tend to a mental preparation in the weeks before departure, and the actual preparation just three to four days before leaving, no more. Otherwise I have too many second thoughts.
Ah, well, obviously both Luca and I prepare a list of what we will need. (And other nice lists of reminders on the way back). 😀
So I propose you a nice list of 10 things that over the years have earned a fixed place in our luggage.
(I swear it’s not a pushed shopping list that will make you rush to buy a thousand travel accessories).
Suitcase and clothing
1) To each his own suitcase
Let’s start with this, which is more of a choice we’ve come to after several attempts.
A week in Malta with only 20 kg baggage in two? But yes, that’s enough for us.
No more guys. Luke had a hernia come to his back to take him up and down the stairs of Valletta (and God knows how many are), up and down every bus.
Everyone carries their own suitcase (8 kg).
2) Waterproof cover
No more boat trips with the backpack in your arms for hours, to prevent the contents from getting wet between splashes and swamp on board.
No more surprises after a downpour worthy of Southeast Asia, when you arrive at the hotel and everything is soaked inside.
The sock cover is an accessory that we have not had for years, but really cheap and very much yield. Try it to believe.
3) Complete change in hand luggage
Useful for that (very rare) time when you miss a coincidence and stay on the ground where in reality you should have made only a short stopover.
So, unless you want to pick up your 30 kg suitcase with everything inside, and have to do another check-in the next day, you decide to leave it at the airport and run and buy a pair of underwear.
Real events: Colombo – Doha 2016, with stopover not scheduled in Doha.
Temperature: 38 °C, humidity 90%. No spare shirts in the backpack. Much less pants.
4) Windbreaker and headphones
Flight of 8-9 hours, fixed temperature at 16 °C and only the horrible ones covered with fleece to cover themselves. The air pierces all the clothes to the bones until you get down to the ground and finally the cryotherapy ends.
No, thank you. Anorak and headphones, also directed towards the tropics, especially when flying with Arab companies: a constant polar cold. It’s more than just a desert!
5) Hook to remove the SIM of the iPhone
Try also to make a sim change on the damn phone with the apple without having anything better in the immediate vicinity than a toothpick.
Since then it’s one of the first things I put in my wallet pocket.
6) Double battery for the camera
Even here, I realize it’s probably amateurish. But with the brand new camera it’s not exactly the first thought that comes to mind (at least to us).
So, we get to the caves of Dambulla in Sri Lanka, we enter the first (of five) and after two shots the camera turns off without the possibility of replication, even making a nice gesture of the umbrella.
But the night before I put it in charge … that the absence of flashing LED wanted to tell me something?
7) Insulating tape
Inherited habit of my father who always puts a roll of it in his suitcase.
Useful to avoid finding spanta body cream everywhere.
Or to repair on the fly that power outlet where otherwise you can not connect the charging cable of the phone.
Then, if it happens that on a night train to SaPa there is air conditioning throttle all night, solve it by attaching the bag of duty free in front of the air vents on the ceiling of the cabin.
Ask my father if that’s not true.
8) Laundry clothespins
A must have not to run to the entrance of the hotel to pick up shirts and costumes flew somewhere from the terrace of the room.
Surely many of you have been doing this for decades, but until now we have always challenged fate – reckless! – and it went well.
I mourn for myself, that during the flight Moscow – Hanoi I fixed for hours the hatbox while the passenger two rows back slept like a log and the one next to it dozed blissfully with his earplugs.
10) Plastic bags
He owes it to Luca, the king of the bags.
Every time I make fun of him for how many he hides in each pocket, but I can not even list how many times we have come back useful. (Here, not all of them, maybe). 😀
Compulsive purchase of spices at the market, we arrive at the hotel and we realize that a package has a hole.
Long day in some nature reserve or in one of those cities where, we do not explain why, but of baskets not even the shadow, as in Valletta. We walk for hours with a thousand pieces of paper in our hands, the remains of snacks and empty bottles wandering uncontrollably in our backpacks.
Well, at the end of this post I probably won’t need to make the list every time before leaving, because it’s ready now! I hope it’s also useful for you 🙂
Do you also have an object “out of the ordinary” without which you just don’t go anywhere?
Give me your cues!