Posts tagged 'Pre Trip'
My bags are packed, almost all my things are sold/donated/given away. Tomorrow morning I get up early to head to the airport, say good bye to Melbourne and fly off to Vietnam to start my trip.
I'm feeling a mixture of excitement, sadness, terror and exhaustion. It's been a busy week sorting out the last of my things and catching up with people for the last time. The past 3 days I've been doing stuff pretty much non-stop; now I finally get to sit down and not feel like there's something else I need to be doing.
It's going to be different not being able to regularly see and hang out with people I've known for more than a few days. I'm hoping that with practice I get better at small talk and meeting new people, so maybe that'll be less of an issue.
I guess there's not much more I can do right now, but strap in and wait for this wild ride to start...
So I bought the 40L bag I'd been eyeing off last week. After doing a few trial packs with it, I've decided that I cant fit everything I want in it well enough, so tomorrow I'm taking it back to see what my other options are.
I can just about fit everything in the 40L bag, but it's stuffed so tight that I have concerns about my laptop getting cracked if the bag were dropped, or something was dropped on it; and it doesnt give me any excess room whatsoever.
So when I was last in the adventure district looking at travel gadgets and clothing, I was talking to one of the staff in the store and he put the idea in my head that travelling with just a small backpack would make a lot of things easier.
It means you can keep your bag with you in a lot of situations where you'd otherwise have to leave it in the luggage section and hope it doesn't get searched through too much by dodgy characters, and it allows you to use crowded public transport much easier, or even just walk distances that you wouldnt want to get stuck lugging a heavy pack.
The hardest part so far of packing my life into a bag and heading off for an indefinite period has been trying to get rid of the huge amount of stuff I own. A lot of the big/valuable stuff has been easy to let go of, and find buyers for, but once you remove all that stuff from your life you're left with a massive amount of "little things".