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Travel Planning- Pre-trip Purchases

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2014 is flying in, and so is the time before we take off on our travels. While I am extremely excited, I’m also freaking out that we still have a lot of things to do.

As far as pre-trip planning goes, we are not exactly there yet. Some visas and all injections have been sorted, but we haven’t booked a flight yet, due to the fact that we have to wait for our passports to come back from Sydney with our Indian visas. Our first stop is Bali, so the flights won’t be expensive even if we book them a week beforehand. It still feels strange to not even have the first flight booked at this stage!

My savings are not where I want them to be, and my hours have been cut back for the past two weeks, so that is a bit of a stressful turn of events, but, it’s all an adventure, so it will all be fine.

I have a list of things that I need to get before we go, and I have slowly been picking up items so as not to give myself a heart attack as my savings drop.

This week, I received two packages of travel items, and it was like Christmas!

Here are the things I have gotten so far:


1. New backpack

backpack pre trip travel purchases

After learning my lesson from my last backpacking experience, I knew I had to get something lighter. When I was in Dublin, I had to pick one up before returning to Adelaide, so that I could use that as my checked in luggage. I sussed out a few possibilities, but ended up making a bit of an impulse purchase. I went for the Trespass Scope 65L, which was on sale. It is light and side opening, with a daypack, so it ticked all the boxes. Hopefully it will serve me well on the road.

2. Pacsafe Citysafe 400 GII Hobo

The last time I was in Asia, my friends and I bought little Pacsafe bags to keep our passports/money in. They gave us such peace of mind knowing our things were safer than normal.

I had been really nervous about bringing my DSLR, and so I also got a Pacsafe backpack, which had a lockable mesh inside. Although I was extremely weighed down by my big backpack plus the large Pacsafe (to an extent that I could barely walk at times!), it was worth it to be able to lock the bag to things in our accommodation and on buses.

When I was thinking about what to bring on this trip, I knew that I had to cut down on weight, big time. I then realised that my Pacsafe weighed 1.6kg, empty. So I decided to downgrade. Luckily, Sean is going to take the bigger bag so that we have something to lock our stuff in, and I had to decide on a new bag.

After much comparing, I decided on the Hobo one. It was lighter than my original one, and the dimensions meant that I would be able to fit my camera and laptop in.

When I got back from Ireland, my new Pacsafe was waiting.



3. Pacsafe Metrosafe 200 GII

Then I started thinking of the fact that I wouldn’t be carrying the Hobo with me all the time, as it was a little too big for just a day trip. In fact, if I’m being completely honest, it looks a little ridiculous when I wear it, like a toddler trying on her mother’s giant handbag.

I kept thinking about my little Pacsafe (which was robbed in Kho Phangan when we were swimming in the sea, our fault!), and I really missed it. Then I spotted one on sale on Ebay, the Metrosafe 200 GII, and it seemed perfect. It was about twice the size of my little one, so it would be able to fit my phone, money, passport and Kindle, as well as a small bottle of water. Perfect! I even calculated the dimensions and my camera could fit in, if it was the only thing in there.

So I bought it, and it arrived this week. It’s perfect! Now I just have to not leave it unattended.

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4. Camera Lenses

Next up was camera equipment. Last time, I travelled with my kit lens and the whole time I kept longing for a telephoto lens, so that I could take more pictures of people from afar!

Unfortunately, my kit lens broke a while ago, so I decided to get the 50mm 1.8, as people rave about it. When that came it was like Christmas!

Then yesterday my 18-200 mm IS came, and I was so excited! It is a lot heavier than I thought it would be, and pretty fat. I was walking around with it today and the weight of the lens was pulling the camera down, so I think I’ll have to carry it in a bag more than over my shoulder.

In Dublin, I picked up two new 8 gig memory cards, so now I will have five. That should be enough.


5. Reading Material

I have been stocking up on books for my Kindle. I’m so proud of myself because I have a stack of brand new, unread books teasing me from the Kindle, and from the Kindle app on my phone, and I haven’t given in yet. I’m hoping that I can build up some more so that I have enough books to keep me going for a little while. I will of course pick up many on the road. I love finding bookshops everywhere, especially ones that allow you to trade in your older ones.

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Some travel-related ones are:

Goa Traffic- Marissa de Luna

Behind the Beautiful Forevers- Katherine Boo

Tell Me No Lies- John Pilger (not technically travel, but about the world)

Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts (Of course!)

Lonely Planet India

Finding George Orwell in Burma- Emma Larkin


6. Travel Notebooks

I’ve also got three four notebooks. Too many? Maybe, but if I manage to be a good blogger and keep track of as many details as I can each day, the notebooks will fill up fast!

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Still to get:

Clothes- I am in desperate need of a couple of new items, just a couple though.

Flip Flops

The dreaded Malarone anti-malaria tablets. 🙁



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  • Reply
    Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    March 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    That backpack does not look like 65L! It looks so much smaller than my 65. Are you coming to India then? Let me know if you need tips on Goa, where I live. I didn’t know of the book Goa Traffic but will have to DL it now 🙂
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      March 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Rachel, it’s 65L but that’s including the daypack that’s 10L. I did a rough pack yesterday, and it is a lot smaller than I thought it was! It’s pretty much full and I haven’t put everything in yet, but I couldn’t trust myself with a much bigger bag because I would fill that too!
      Yes, I’m finally going to India, I’m so excited!! Aw, thanks, I will do that. I really want to see Goa, but we are a little tight of time, so, as much as I don’t want to, we might have to do either north or south rather than both, which is disappointing, but I just tell myself I’ll be back again!

      I actually started to read it the other day, and it is okay so far, but not amazing. 🙂

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    March 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Wow… that all sounds so exciting! Good luck with everything, hope all goes well (and the Malerone is kind to you!) 🙂
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      March 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Emma! I stupidly left getting the Malarone until the day we were leaving and after going to three pharmacies, I was only able to get three boxes, so I’m one short, so fingers crossed I don’t get unlucky! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    January 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm


    I am planning to go travelling for 6 months + and was wondering how you got on with this backpack?? Some people say trespass quality is poor and I reaaaally don’t want it to break whilst I’m away!

    Thank you


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      January 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Hi Alex, I found this backpack to be perfect for my needs. It didn’t break or wear at all.
      On a previous trip I travelled with a Berghaus which was more expensive, and it began to break after 3 months.
      I hadn’t heard about the quality of Trespass being bad, but if you have heard some stories, then maybe you should look for something more sturdy for your own peace of mind. If your bag breaks while on the road it would be pretty stressful!

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