I can’t seem to get my gear right. Like my life, it’s an ongoing experiment.
We had an open and public Questions and Answers session some weeks ago and we would like to publish it in this entry post.
Why do we want to publish it? Because we think some of you who are kindly following our adventure-project-trip might find some of the questions and some answers useful or interesting. If you have been following us, you might know some answers already, but we think there were some interesting questions worth publishing. So here we go, this was the open Q&A. We hope you like it !
I have three new walking buddies.
Meet Saha, Ishi and Bal—the crew helping me getting me through the next few months.
We fantasize about carts and other wheeled ways to help haul our stuff, and we’ll keeping entertaining and experimenting with those ideas in different places. We also often think about getting a pack animal, but reality quickly sets in: Where would we park a water buffalo in a city like Bangkok or Yangon?
So, for the time being, we’re sticking with the idea we started with. We will carry what we need on our backs and make do the best we can.
(English version below)
Doncs ja tenim fets els primers 1.000 km aproximadament (ja fa dies). Insisteixo en l’aproximadament doncs és difícil comptar tot el que fem.
Aquests 1.000 km inclouen els que fem amb les motxilles entre punt A i B, més els que també caminem amb totes les motxilles quan cerquem allotjament o quan alliberats i lleugers visitem indrets.
English version only. To translate this post, click here. Versió en anglès només. Per traduir aquest post, feu clic aquí.
We’re starting our trip with backpacks and the most important things we need.
Down the road, we may consider using a cart or come up with some other way of carrying water for long distances. Carrying enough water is our most important concern, and when towns and people are more spread out and water is scarce, we’ll have to invent a solution.
For now, and through much of Southeast Asia, we intend to haul our homes on our back. The goal is to keep our individual total pack weight (everything on us and in our bags) to a relatively manageable 13-15 kilos (28-33 pounds); 10-11 kilos is really the sweet spot we’re aiming for.
Here’s a near-final list of what we are planning to bring with us. We’re still paring this down, and hope to trim a few more grams where we can. Everything weighs something, even the smallest items, and we’ll have to take a hard look at what we really need and what we can do without.
Our packing priorities fall into a handful of mainstream “survivalist” categories: water, food, shelter/sleep and staying warm, dry, healthy and safe. Since we live in a virtually connected world, we’ve also added digital nomad necessities to our inventory list.