Over the last few weeks weâ€™ve been buying most of the kit weâ€™ll need for the trip. Weâ€™re sticking to a single rucksack each and trying to go as light as possible, however this is tricky given the amount of things we need.
The most expensive items have been:
- Sleeping bags, as we went for super light Snugpack Traveller (Â£40 each). We are also taking silk sheet sleeping bags, which worked out at about Â£12 each.
- Rucksacks. Managed to get two excellent Berghaus sacks from TK Maxx for Â£70 each.
- Trekking shoes. I went for Scarpa XCR (Â£85) and Becs picked up some Keens for a bargain Â£40.
- MP3 players. Weâ€™ve decided to take one each and opted for the 30GB Creative Zen Touch. Itâ€™s an old model but robust & reliable with good battery life. Â£75 each (with a spare battery) from Ebay.
- Stuff like mosquito nets (Â£15 each), travel towels (Â£15 each), bag locks (Â£20 total) really mounts up as well.
- Clothes. Getting these hasnâ€™t been too bad as we are using some of our walking stuff. However I needed a couple of shirts and trousers and Becs needed a fleece and t-shirts.
The amount of electronic stuff we are taking is a bit mad: two mp3 players, two cameras, two phones. Itâ€™s not the device themselves, more the power/USB cables that take up the space. For data storage, we are taking a range of memory cards and backing up to CD and uploading to Flickr when we can. Weâ€™ve been fairly good at picking up bargains from shops and Ebay.
Our kit list/budget will also include jabs, which will be around Â£250 each and insurance, which will be around Â£140 each.