12 days to departure – Time to pack !

Well the title is obvious isn’t ?

For the past weeks now it has been an on-going headache, and the subject of endless discussions between us :

  • What the hell are we gonna take with us for the adventure ? 🤔
  • How the hell are we gonna fit all of that in two backpacks, and then carry it? 😱
  • Why the hell did we decide to travel to places with polar weather to tropical rain forest ? From 6000 m high to jungle deep. It would make our life a little easier if we  were just gonna spend six months on a beach in the Caribbeans sea. 😵

Well, in case you want to follow our steps, or grab a backpack of your own and travel the world this might help you a bit and save you some head banging choices.
We welcome every tip or remarks you could make about our packs, and if you stay tuned on Let’s Go To Quito, we will update later on this list with remarks and reviews on our stuff. With some experience, maybe we will regret taking or not taking some equipment, and take some other piece with no hesitation whatsoever for the next trip !

 

Fred  talks you through his clothes for 6 months on the roads of South America :

Fred's clothes

  • An Osprey Xenith 75L Backpack, I’ve already used it for backpacking and travelling, not for hiking yet but looking forward to it.
  • A hard shell jacket Millet K Pro GTX. I have used it for a couple of years now and it’s a great jacket. It was designed for mountaineering, but I use it for absolutely everything, from city walks to hikes in the forest and skiing. It is lightweight, super versatile and indestructible.
  • A down jacket Thermoball from The North Face, ultralight yet very warm and compressible to the size of a small pillow. We received it one a month ago, and I have wore it almost every time I went out! Fits nicely under the Millet hard shell, so it will provide an extra layer of warmth when needed.
  • A comfy/cosy wool Humle sweater from Bergans
  • A superlight and warm synthetics sweater from Haglöfs. I assume that will be the main technical warm layer. It dries very fast and is very comfortable under a heavy backpack.
  • A couple of hiking pants from Lundhags (Traverse Pants and Makke Pants). Love the pair of them, they are made out of a very strong fabric, but due to strech sections well adjusted, they are super comfy to wear.
  • Our “Woolpower” cold survival kit (have you read our article about it yet?). It includes:
    • A Zip Turtleneck 200, classical best seller from Woolpower. It is an awesome sweater, super warm.
    • A Tee Lite, T-shirt in merino wool, very warm, super fast drying. Fred used it for several hikes during weekends in Sweden already.
    • A Long John Lite, Merino wool there too, and the same warm and comfy Lite material from Woolpower.
  • Some additional t-shirts (long and short sleeves), mostly out of merino wool.
  • A lightweight shirt from Lundhags, in case we’re invited to a party at the ambassador. It also never wrinkles, so perfect to be rolled up, packed up in a backpack.
  • A second merino wool 3/4 long John.
  • Some hiking socks in wool, high and short heels.
  • Underwears, mix of Woolpower merinos and regular cotton
  • Gloves, beanie, scarf, belt, sunglasses
  • As for the shoes, I’ll take one pair of Salomon hiking boots that have been following me all around the world for several years now from NZ to India, to South Africa, to remote islands of the Pacific Ocean to Sweden. I also bring a second pair of Salomon shoes X Ultra GTX2, lighter, very comfortable they will be perfect for most of the trip. And I’ll also take a pair of flip-flops.

 

Merima describes her clothes for the next 6 months in South America :

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  • A Bergans Trollheta 75L Lady Backpack, already used for backpacking and travelling, last year in Sri-Lanka, but not for hiking yet.
  • A hard shell jacket Haglöfs Verte, lightweight, wind-and waterproof ski jacket which I use most of the year, and for any occasion, from skiing in the Alps to windy day on the bike in Sweden.
  • A down jacket Verto Prima from The North Face, ultralight yet very warm due to it’s goose feathers filling. It is also very compressible to the size of a small pillow. Almost not a day has gone since we received it and I took it to go to work.
  • Two comfy/cosy wool Symre sweater from Bergans and Covert Cardigan from Arc’teryx, my favourite under the Haglöfs jacket on a cold day.
  • A couple of hiking pants, one Fjällräven (Keb trousers) and one Haglöfs (Mid II Flex).
  • Our “Woolpower” cold survival kit (have you read our article about it yet?). It includes:
    • A Zip Turtleneck 200, classical best seller from Woolpower. It is a awesome sweater, super warm and yet somehow classy. It has become a part of me since we got it, I don’t even part from it to wash it…
    • A Tee Lite, T-shirt in merino wool, very warm, super fast drying. Perfect to keep warmth, even for daily commuting in Uppsala.
    • A Long John Lite, Merino wool there too, and the same warm and comfy Lite material from Woolpower.
  • Some additionals merino wool t-shirts (long and short sleeves)
  • A second merino wool long John
  • A shirt from Marmot and some black pants for the casual look
  • Bikini, shorts and tanks for the tropical warmth and beach (oh yes I’m spending some weeks lying  like a fatass on the sand!)
  • Some hiking socks in merino wool, high and short ones
  • Underwear, a few merino panties and two merino sports bra from icebreaker (so comfy!) and a few cotton panties.
  • Woolpower beanie and mittens, gloves, sunglasses
  • As for shoes, I will take my Haglöfs Vertigo HI 2GT hiking shoes (warm and stable for heavy carrying) and a pair of very light Salomon shoes X Ultra GTX2, same as Fred’s.

 

 

Here you are, with a long list of clothes, even though for both of us it feels like we will be very limited and won’t be able to do too much fashion. Everything in the kit must work as expected, be versatile, lightweight, comfortable and hopefully work properly with every other bits of clothes we have.

Keep updated to follow our preparations, getting ever closer, as next time we will talk about the other things that needs to fit in the  backpacks. Not only the clothes.

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