hello to you ;)
I have posted this list in a more traveler oriented website (www.bootsnall.com) correct me if I'm wrong but do the majority of people on this forum backpack throughout the wilderness and such? Either way, I'm sure you guys can provide some useful information for a first time traveler! I appreciate your time and consideration :)
I will be travelling along the southern coast of Spain this coming November for ~2 months and I'm looking for some advice!
first some more info:
I have a pretty tight budget..but I'm determined to travel no matter the situation come November. I will be going at it alone so I'll need to pack pretty lightly, I'm thinking no more than a couple changes of clothes, the necessities, and a few miscellaneous things. I do believe I'll be walking A LOT and on different surfaces and terrains (i.e. urban, rural, light-hiking, and beaches[!] ). So on to the gear..
•Shoes: looking for an all-terrain stable shoe. (one that doesn't require socks; asking too much?)
-I've come across "water-shoes" like the Merrel Maipo
my only concern with these are the stability and price.
-I've also seen that trail-running shoes might be a good investment though I don't know of any specifics and I'm afraid that if these got wet they wouldn't be too comforting to walk in.
-Other recommendations will be appreciated.
•Backpack: a 30-45L range. something that is unassuming.
-I've narrowed this down to the Eagle Creek Truist 45L. Is there anyone that has this bag or another version of Eagle Creek's Truist line? I'd love to hear some feedback as I can't really find any on the web =)
-I looked at REI's Vagabond Travel Pack ~43L but I can't find it for sale anywhere >.< if anyone happens to be selling theirs... :D
-Any other recommendations?
I can't much think of any other big gear purchases that I'll be making.
tentative list of what will be in my pack:
•2 changes of clothes + what I will be wearing at the time
•flip flops + shoes
•toiletries incl 2 sarongs and a small washcloth
•a hammock for outdoor sleeping
•a light waterproof jacket or windbreaker (any suggestions?)
•a $300 netbook? decision has not been made yet. this will be for uploading photos from my camera and for some light editing
•a book or two + moleskine
•Uniqlo heat tech shirts (can anyone vouch for these?)
•multipurpose lightweight rope also to be used as a laundry line
•bugspray, pepperspray, some first aid things, sunscreen
•small amount of duct and clear tape
•fork knife and spoon (are there sporks out there that act as knives?? sporkifes?!)
•medication for fever pain and diarrhea (any recommended all in one kit for these?)
•headlamp Zebralight H501 though at $59.00 its a little bit pricy. Any cheaper alternatives that anyone can recommend?
p.s. I foresee being in the wilderness as short day-trips but mostly sticking to urban and rural towns and cities :) However this could very well change in the course of things. Smile