The question on everyone’s lips when we told them we were going backpacking was “how many pairs of pants are you taking?”. So we thought you might be interested to find out how we went about deciding what to take and exactly what we ended up packing.
Planning our route, we made a decision to chase the sun. We wouldn’t need lots of cold weather clothing. But then we booked a hike up Machu Picchu, in a period that is likely to be pretty cold and very wet. All the research we did suggested that packing light was the way to go, so we had to fit in enough warm clothing for four days with the rest of our summer wardrobe. So here’s what we packed:
Other clothing we considered and decided against: Walking boots - seemed like a sensible idea but considering how bulky they are and the temperatures we are expecting, we decided to go with running trainers instead. Waterproofs - as above, and we have waterproof covers for our backpacks. Zip-off walking trousers/shorts - seriously, who designs these?! Terrible looking and also not that practical - you still have to take your shoes off to unzip the bottom bits, just change from your trousers into shorts no?
Now to how I ended up owning hideous, diamante-encrusted t-shirt. The moral of the story is pack more than 3 t-shirts. I fully intended to bring 4 (which is still pushing it on the low side), but somehow managed to lose one before we set off. When we arrived in B.A I ran out of t-shirts within 3 days. Obviously. As me and my brother are similar sizes I asked if he had a spare one. He had just the thing, he said. Our Mum had sent it over for him from England, he said. It was so special he'd never even worn it, he said. I think I know why...
James & Sarah x