Sunday, May 22, 2011


I am now finding other uses of various items I have packed. Some from experience, so from others experiences, but in all, its all coming around together!

1. Shawl: Those nice, flowery coton shawls have always worked miracles for me. I have tied it around my upper body as a top to swim in Thailand, folded it up to use as a pillow in long distance buses, wrapped it around myself to prevent freezing, used it as a cover to shield myself when changing clothes, sometimes in public, used it as a head scarf, to cover up when entering temples... I neevr go without one!

2. Rubber bands: Handy to tie up my hair (of no use any more), to secure things in place, like socks, underwear, clothes that I have rolled up into tubes to prevent crushing and space saving, keep imp papers together.

3. Duct tape/silver tape : Secure everything, from self-untying shoe laces to tear in mosquito nets, can be used as plaster when you are out of band aids, stick rips in the backpacks, fix wobbly tripods...just about anything. I never go without one.

4. Swiss knife: For just about everything!
5. Headlight: Works better than a torch and leave your arm free

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Packing list for Kokoda

So finally, the time has come for packing the stuff! Of course, I have only just begun, there is a lot more to do...but for my own self, I have taken pics of things I am going to take (might help if I lose my baggage and have to clain insurance too). Not to mention the camers, video cameras etc etc!

Did a bit, no make that a lot of walking over the weekend...walked over sand, soft rocks and climbed few almost vertical dunes...I almost believe I lost a few pounds over the weekend!! Hope Kokoda Track will reward my determination.

Backpack: 2 (An 80ltr and a 35 ltr pack)
Backpack covers
Boots: 2 + sandals
Sleeping bag
Sleeping mat (self inflatable)
Quick drying t-shirts
Quick drying shorts
15-20 pair of socks (hiking socks)
Rehydration salt
Walking stick
Vaseline (cant go without that one!)