Whats in my backpack

As you read this I’m currently getting to grips with the fact that I’m flying to Hanoi. In real time (as I write this) I’ve been packing and re-packing my bag to ensure that I can actually carry it.

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I invested in a Mountain Warehouse 60 litre pack with an attachable day pack which can hold 20 litres so both had a fair amount of room. After a lot of research I decided to go for a bag that could be accessed from the bottom as well as the sides to eliminate the need for fishing around for specific items. To further eliminate this need, I also invested in some packing cubes. These have been a life saver!

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I use the largest cube for clothes as it zips on both sides, I have a side for tops and shorts (I packed around 15 tops all together) and a side for light trousers (2 pairs) a cover up for the beach, 2 dresses and two sets of pyjamas.

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The medium sized cube has been used for shoes and ‘odd ends’ (chargers, medication etc) and the smaller cube has been used for underwear and swimwear.

I have also packed a micro fibre towel in the hope that it’ll dry quickly while we are on the road.

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Thanks to the packing cubes, the bottom section of the bag is really spacious so this is where I have put things such as my wash bag, sleeping bag liner and (after a lot of advise from other people to include it) a spare toilet roll.

With the day pack attached its fairly heavy but definitely manageable. I think I’ve packed less than I have for any two week holiday that I’ve ever gone on and I’m away for 8 months on this trip so I’m quite proud of myself!

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The next time I add a post it’ll be from Vietnam. How crazy is that?!

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