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The packing puzzle

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So for the last few days we have been trying to pack our bags. Here’s a bit about our backpacks; we trawled through reviews and prices on the internet until we eventually managed to find the best value for our money. I myself have a Deuter Transit 65 while Michelle has the slightly larger Deuter Traveller 55+10 (female backpack which also comes with a flower and multiple compartments). Both of these backpacks come with an additional smaller backpack that can be used as a day bag so in this case I will also use as my carry on luggage for the flight. Although everyone has their own personal preference for their type of luggage holder (wheels vs no-wheels) these backpacks have been the perfect fit for us as they are not overly large or heavy, feel great to carry on our back and have perfect size compartment for all our gear.

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For the packing part it was relatively smooth using the process of elimination (how often will I use it/wear it) but we also had to pack some warm clothing for the seasonal change to winter. Although clothes and a pack of cards are somewhat of a necessity, being a tech enthusiast I consider electronics just as important (but I try not to go overboard). Some people would just stick to using their phone for taking photos and maybe a tablet to do everything else and that’s fine. Michelle for example is taking an iPhone and Galaxy Note Tablet. For me I like taking high quality photos so I want use a decent camera that’s small enough to carry around and quite versatile for the type of images it can take such as zoom and wide angles. For that I use the Sony NEX-7 with two interchangeable lenses one for zoom and one for wide-angle. This camera can take DSLR quality images without the bulky DSLR size to carry around (heck I can carry a lens in my pocket) and no doubt there are other cameras of the same size or smaller that can produce images as good as a DSLR. It fits snuggly into my small carry backpack even with the two lenses in there. To process the images and blogging I will be using an old 13-inch Macbook Pro that can also fit snuggly in my small carry backpack. Everyone uses a phone or a tablet/phablet these days while travelling there are some useful apps to utilize like google translate, maps, music players, snapchat, facebook, instagram the list goes on. You can save a lot of money by avoiding using a SIM card with global roaming charges and just use Wi-Fi hotspots instead. Just make sure you download all the app data such as local maps, language packs or find an app that can do the job without using internet data. Next thing is travel adapters and chargers, I’m just taking one travel adapter and using it for my own multiboard power socket so then it saves me having to buy many travel adapters for the electronics that need to be recharged.
Then there’s some random items that I also pack which could come in handy like duct tape, first aid kit, clothesline and meds.

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Here is the list of what I pack from the top of my head.

3x Shorts
1x Trackies
1x Jeans

6x T-shirts
1x Dress Shirt
1x Jacket
1x Jersey
2x Short Socks
2x Thermal Socks
8x Underwear
1x Beanie

1x Jandals
1x Running Shoes
1x Walking Shoes

Toiletries
Towel

13” Macbook Pro
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Sony NEX-7 camera (2 lenses)

Travel Adapter
Multi-power board

Passport
Travel Wallet

And here is Michelle’s list from the top of her head.

3x Shorts/Skirts
1x Trackies
1x Jeans

2x Dress
7x T-shirts
1x Thermals
1x Jacket
1x Cardigan
1x Jersey

2x Short Socks
1x Thermal Socks
8x Underwear
1x Beanie
1x Scarf

1x Jandals
1x Running Shoes
1x Flat Walking Shoes

Toiletries
Towel
Basic First Aid Kit

iPhone 5S
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Passport
Travel Wallet

As I said earlier Michelle has the slightly larger bag but even she managed to fit everything that was needed with enough room to add more to her wardrobe. So now that everything is packed we'll be ready for the flight later today and hopefully we don't get the full cavity search going through customs. If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you.

Posted by Lewis_E 12:11 Archived in New Zealand Tagged packing europe intrepid luggage kiwi Comments (1)

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